USACE emergency assistance under PL 84‐99 during flood events is temporary in nature to meet the immediate threat and will be undertaken only to supplement Federally Recognized Tribal efforts. The assistance is to provide mitigation to critical public infrastructure only against floodwaters.
USACE policy precludes the use of PL 84‐99 flood fight authority for protection of private residences and/or private developments unless such protection is afforded to critical public facilities and/or public infrastructure within the area to be protected. Tribes, just like the states, must commit all available resources, i.e. work force, supplies, equipment, funds, etc. as a general condition of USACE assistance.
USACE emergency efforts are not intended to provide permanent solutions to flood problems and are provided strictly for the protection of public facilities and infrastructure. To request assistance from USACE, the Tribe may come directly to USACE with a request that includes a detailed assessment of the resources committed, the current actions of the Tribe, what type of assistance they are requesting (technical or direct), point of contact and specific details on exactly what the community is looking for in assistance. A sample Request for Assistance Letter is provided to each Tribe prior to the start of each flooding season.