Readiness and Contingency Operations


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides immediate and effective response and assistance during National Emergencies and Major Presidentially Declared Disasters. Although these responsibilities lay primarily with state and local offices, in special circumstances, the Corps may supplement those efforts to save human life, prevent immediate human suffering or mitigate property damage. USACE’s top three 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.

The South Atlantic Division’s Readiness and Contingency Operations office (RCO) is engaged in planning, training and response activities for natural disasters, national emergencies and civil support.

Specifically, the Division’s Readiness and Contingency Organization and District’s Emergency Management Offices execute USACE authorities for the following:

  • Public Law 84-99 - Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FC&CE)
  • National Response Framework (NRF)

Contracting in Disasters

Contractors are a critical force-multiplier during any disaster response. In the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), we rely heavily on these partners in industry to help us meet mission requirements quickly, efficiently and effectively.  

Are you a contractor looking to support our response mission? See Contracting in Disasters