CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If a hurricane makes landfall, you can count on the Army Corps of Engineers to spring into action. Emergency preparedness is typically a state and local responsibility, but the Army Corps says it is authorized to help before, during or after a hurricane.
Army Corps teams, like the Charleston District, take part in many regional training exercises to review their roles when responding to emergencies. FEMA, is the federal agency who calls upon the Army Corps when natural disaster strikes. The Charleston District is part of a team to respond with ice missions, should it be needed anywhere nationwide.
"The Charleston District has the capability and is trained and ready to deliver three million pounds of ice in a 24 hour period. That ice is used both to keep medical supplies cold, preserved and ready for consumption," said Lt. Col. Jason Kirk.
The Charleston District most recently responded to a FEMA request to help with debris removal in tornado stricken Alabama.