The Department of Defense (DoD) remains fully engaged in the ongoing federal disaster response efforts underway in eastern and northeastern United States as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In the context of our current support activities the department is focusing on providing unique capabilities to support civilian efforts to restore power to vital facilities and to assist with the resumption of mass transit services in the New York and New Jersey area.
Here is today’s update on DoD’s response to Hurricane Sandy (as of 9 a.m. EST):
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY (DLA)
DLA is using its normal business funds and processes to purchase goods and services in support of disaster relief. Once the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activates or places an order for fuel delivery, FEMA assumes control of contract assets after assets are deployed to FEMA designated locations. FEMA works with state emergency coordinators, who direct assets to the best locations. Once assets are with the states, the states determine how it’s used and where it goes. DLA personnel are also on site to assist with logistics and fuel issues. The contractor has the capability to delivery bulk product into existing tanks as well as refueling first responder vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.) and fleet vehicles. DLA received commitments from various suppliers to provide up to 24 million gallons of fuel.
- As of today, DLA has supplied 253,000 gallons of gasoline and 157,000 gallons of diesel fuel to FEMA distribution centers within New York and New Jersey.
- DLA is executing the purchase of 12 million gallons of gasoline, 12 million gallons of diesel. 260 fuel trucks are on contract to support of fuel distribution.
- New York locations to distribute first responder fuel changed from armories to five commercial gas stations. New Jersey locations are still operating at five National Guard armories.
- DLA working with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) to use more than 50 heavy expanded mobility tactical truck refuelers at first responder fueling. More than 430,000 gallons have been delivered in four days.
- In total, more than two million meals have been delivered to FEMA facilities in West Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Another five million are in production. 500,000 meals are in transit to Lakehurst, N.J., and 500,000 meals in transit to Floyd Bennett Field, NY.
- DLA delivered 1,000 cots/1,000 blankets to Fort Hamilton, N.Y., for the National Guard. 3,000 cots were delivered to McGuire, N.J., for National Guard personnel in the area. 140,000 blankets were delivered to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), N.J.
- 107 pumps (1,500 gallons per minute and up) delivered to JBMDL, Saturday.
- Five submersible pumps moved to Craven Point in support of Navy Salvage.
- 51 Generators (500-2000KW) are at or in transit to Lakehurst, N.J.
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE)
USACE has more than 600 personnel supporting Hurricane Sandy response operations. Priority missions include: unwatering, temporary emergency power, restoration of ports, and debris cleanup.
- At the Hoboken Terminal, USACE is working with city officials to increase the passenger capacity. USACE is moving two large generators to the site to support operations, both are expected to be on site today.
- Currently pumping at: Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, World Trade Center, Montague Tunnel, Passaic Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant, Jersey City PATH Train Tunnel, 14th Street Tunnel, and Rockaway Waste Water Treatment Plan.
- USACE has 176 additional pumps with varying capacities staged or available via contractor staged and ready for deployment as needed.
- USACE has installed 67 generators with another 30 installations in progress. Another 97 installations are projected over the next 24 hours.
- Special emphasis has been focused on 26 sites in Hoboken to include providing power to twelve high rise apartments. USACE has one generator on site, one enroute and one being prepared for movement from the incident support bases. This effort will continue until commercial power has been restored.
THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard continues significant response and recovery efforts throughout the impacted region.
- 7,666 National Guard personnel are assisting in response and recovery efforts across region affected by Sandy.
- The New York National Guard (NYNG) is supporting power restoration, traffic control, debris removal, wellness checks, and food/water distribution throughout New York City. The NYNG is the designated water and petroleum distribution agent for all supported state agencies. There are five military police companies conducting presence patrols, traffic control points, and augmentation of local law enforcement agencies.
- More than 800 NYNG personnel 200 vehicles expected to arrive at Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y., today.
- Using transportation companies to move generators to gas stations without power, followed by federal and local contractors performing generator installation and maintenance.
- The New Jersey National Guard (NJNG) is assisting New Jersey State Police and Fire Department with rescues, security, and evacuations. They are also conducting debris clearance/removal, high water vehicle operations, shelter support, food and water and fuel distribution, and power generation. NJNG is still conducting aerial support missions including FEMA damage assessments.
- The Pennsylvania National Guard is supporting Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with sheltering, food/water distribution, and power generation, as well as providing assistance to New York.
- Connecticut National Guard personnel are conducting route clearance, high wheel transport, aviation, power generation, staging area support and security missions as part of recovery efforts.
- West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) personnel are conducting community assessments, medical evacuation, and debris removal. WVNG deployed aviation assets to assist with route reconnaissance and support response and recovery efforts.