The Department of Defense (DoD) remains committed to its support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Sandy. As the Northeastern storm moves through the New York and New Jersey areas, DoD will continue to provide support to federal, state and local recovery operations while ensuring it is postured to conduct new response operations as a result of the oncoming storm.
Here is today’s update on DoD’s response to Hurricane Sandy (as of 9 a.m. EST):
The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has delivered 208 power restoration vehicles and 354 technical personnel on 56 missions from California, Arizona, and Washington to Stewart ANGB, N.Y., McGuire AFB, N.J., and JFK International Airport, N.Y. An additional three flights are scheduled for Nov. 6 from locations in California and Nevada to JFK International Airport, N.Y.
The 401st, 410th, and 431st Quartermaster Teams, from Lock Haven, Pa., Jacksonville, Fla., and Kinston, N.C., respectively, have reported to Joint Base Dix/McGuire/Lakehurst, N.J. for allocation to the affected areas. The 401stQuartermaster Team is on assignment in Long Beach, N.Y.
The 172nd Preventive Health Team (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.), the 227th Preventive Health Team (Ft. Bragg, N.C.), and the 43rd Veterinary Team (from Ft. Hood, Texas) are now at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and prepared to deploy.
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
In total, over three million meals have been delivered to FEMA facilities in West Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Another five million meals are in production. DLA delivered 500,000 meals to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), N.J. and 500,000 meals to Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y.
LA delivered 1,000 cots, 1,000 blankets and one million meals ready to eat (MREs) to Ft. Hamilton, N.Y. for the National Guard. 3,000 cots were delivered to JBMDL for National Guard personnel in the area. 140,000 blankets and 200 hypothermia kits were delivered to JBMDL.
DLA is executing the purchase of up to 12 million gallons of gasoline and 12 million gallons of diesel. 260 fuel trucks are on contract to support of fuel distribution. More than 500,000 gallons have been delivered to FEMA distribution sites so far.
Fuel was provided to 27 of 79 state-identified commercial stations in New York and New Jersey. In both states, FEMA continues to assign DLA to deliver gas at the Governors' requests.
Fifty (500 – 2000 Kilowatt) generators are at or in transit to JBMDL, N.J. DLA ordered seven additional generators and the estimated delivery tomorrow.
DLA has contracts in place to support debris removal operations. They have 3,000 ton barges on contract for garbage hauling (estimated to arrive Nov. 7-8). DLA has also awarded two contracts for 330 roll-off dumpsters and 34 trucks for overland trash hauling.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
USACE has more than 600 personnel supporting Hurricane Sandy response operations. USACE’s priority is supporting de-watering and power missions in New York and New Jersey. They deployed technical assistance teams and senior leadership oversight, and are deploying and identifying pump and emergency generator requirements consistent with FEMA mission assignments. USACE is supporting emergency temporary power missions in New York and New Jersey with more than 335 generators staged at forward locations. As of today, 80 emergency generators have been installed.
USACE is responsible for unwatering operations at 14 sites, to include the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Montague Tunnel, Passaic Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the Jersey City PATH Train Tunnel.
USACE concluded unwatering involvement at the following sites: the Queens Midtown Tunnel, World Trade Center site, the South Ferry Station, the 53rd Street Tunnel, Battery Underpass, Manhattan Steam Plant Tunnel, and the 14th Street Tunnel.
USACE continues to support emergency power restoration efforts at the Kinder Morgan Terminal.
The National Guard continues significant response and recovery efforts. Today, more than 7,400 National Guard personnel are assisting in response and recovery efforts across region affected by Sandy.
Eight states are supporting the response efforts through Emergency Management Agreement Compacts: Delaware (106 personnel), Alabama (22), California (114), Georgia (20), Massachusetts (120), Maine (5), North Carolina (25), and Ohio (119). Two four-person power generation teams from the West Virginia National Guard are working with USACE to assist power generation missions.
New York National Guard (NYNG): 3,364 NYNG personnel are on state active duty, supporting relief efforts. The NYNG continues supporting power restoration, traffic control, debris removal, wellness checks, and food/water distribution. The NYNG is conducting 20 point of distribution missions: 258,000 meals, 431, 984 bottles of water and 21,000 blankets distributed as of yesterday.
New Jersey National Guard (NJNG): 2,092 NJNG personnel are on state active duty, supporting relief efforts. NJNG personnel are conducting debris clearance/removal, high water vehicle operations, shelter support, food and water and fuel distribution, power generation, and presence patrols. The NJNG is still conducting aerial support missions including FEMA damage assessments.
Assisting emergency responders with fuel distribution with more than 93,229 gallons distributed since Friday. The NJNG also distributed 6,618 blankets, 1,740 cots and 3,648 towels. They are assisting local and state law enforcement agencies with security support in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
West Virginia National Guard (WVNG): 542 WVNG personnel on state active duty are conducting community assessments, medical evacuation, snow and debris removal, and food, water, and generator distribution. Deployed Aviation assets are supporting response and recovery efforts.