Emergency Management

Image of USACE workers on a emergency response missionThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies. The Corps assists the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by coordinating and organizing public works and engineering-related support.

USACE has more than 40 specially trained response teams ready to perform a wide range of missions, as assigned by FEMA. In any disaster, our top priorities are:

    • Support immediate emergency response priorities;
    • Sustain lives with critical commodities, temporary emergency power and other needs; and, 
    • Initiate recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure. 


Image of USACE employees on an emergency response mission1. Manages and directs natural disaster and catastrophic disaster preparedness activities, as well as emergency operations for the Savannah District pursuant to PL 84-99, as amended, PL 93-288, as amended, AR 500-50, AR 500-60, AR 500-70, and disaster assistance authorities of other Federal and state agencies.

2. Evaluates DA, CESAD, FEMA, DOT, and other Federal and state agency policies, directives, and regulations pertaining to natural and catastrophic disaster activities, develops requirements for District-wide emergency plans, directives, and programs; recommends course of action to the Commander for implementation.

3. Represents the Commander in conferences with CESAD, HQUSACE, Department of the Army, Federal and state agencies, local municipalities, and the general public in matters concerning Corps emergency management programs.

4. Organizes emergency teams with proper discipline to respond to emergencies and deploys emergency response and recovery personnel. Manages deployments in support of contingency operations, Field Force Engineering, and Global War on Terrorism. Responsible for staffing, training and deploying Emergency Power Planning and Response Team (PRT).

5. Requests support in disaster recovery operations. Obtains emergency supplies and equipment.

6. Prepares District’s rehabilitation reports, requirements for advance measures and storm relief work immediately following a natural disaster and recommends project eligibility and feasibility.

7. Participates with Operations Division in the management of the District program for inspection of completed works. Manages Corps local flood protection and hurricane/shore protection projects in accordance with existing policies and procedures.

8. Develops criteria and identifies essential Civil Works facilities within the District area of responsibility.

9. Responsible for maintaining an emergency relocation site.

10. Monitors emergencies and severe weather and coordinates and/or notifies District staff, CESAD, HQUSACE, and other agencies. Posts appropriate information on severe weather on appropriate charts and maps. Prepares required reports for submittal to CESAD.

11. Maintains and operates all disaster equipment so the equipment is ready for use at all times. 

Emergency Plans

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Contact Us

US Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District
Emergency Management Division
100 W Oglethorpe Ave
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-652-5431
Email: cesas-eoc@usace.army.mil