Omaha District News

Leading the charge against the June 2024 Missouri River floods
7/15/2024
When the Missouri River and its tributaries rose above flood stage in late June, the damaging flood waters required an aggressive response and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District led the...
Bear Creek Dam gate maintenance project plans released
7/10/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District is planning to replace emergency and service gates at the Bear Creek Dam’s reservoir intake structure in Littleton, Colorado, in December 2024.While...
Omaha District partners with WOZU group to plant native vegetation near Standing Rock bike trails
5/30/2024
A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District’s Oahe Project traveled to Cannon Ball, North Dakota May 16 to participate in a planting project with the WOZU group that will incorporate...
Ground broken on Offutt’s final flood recovery campuses
5/23/2024
Two groundbreaking ceremonies took place at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, May 3, 2024, signifying the final stages of seven U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District flood recovery projects on...
USACE, Air Force break ground on B-21 weapons generation facility
5/14/2024
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.— Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District’s Rapid City, South Dakota resident team, along with airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base recently broke...

Emergency Management

Emergency Management provides engineering services to respond to national and natural disasters to minimize damages and help in recovery efforts. Public Law 84-99 enables the Corps to assist state and local authorities in flood fight activities and cost share in the repair of flood protection structures. Public Law 93-288 authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to task the Corps with disaster recovery missions under the Federal Response Framework.

Public Law 84-99, Emergency Response to Natural Disasters, is the Corps of Engineers’ basic authority to provide for emergency activities in support of State and Local governments priorto, during, and after a flood event. The Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) appropriation provides funding for PL 84-99 authorized activities. Under PL 84-99, the Corps can provide both emergency technical and direct assistance in response to flood and coastal storms, such as hurricanes and nor’easters. In addition, the Corps can assist if there is a flood threat from damage caused by earthquakes to flood risk management projects. The assistance must be requested by the state, and it must be supplemental to State and Local actions including resources and capabilities, as well as National Guard assets. Under PL 84-99, USACE may undertake the following:

Disaster Preparedness

Emergency Operations

The Rehabilitation Program

Advance Measures

Drought Assistance

Emergency Water Assistance Due to Contaminated Water Source

Public Law 93-288 authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to task USACE with disaster recovery missions under the Federal Response Plan. The Stafford Act provides the authority for the Federal government to respond to disasters and emergencies in order to provide assistance to save lives and protect public health, safety, and property. The Federal Response Plan (for Public Law 93-288, as amended), hereafter referred to as the Plan, is designed to address the consequences of any disaster or emergency situation in which there is a need for federal response assistance under the authorities of the Stafford Act. It is applicable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions as well as technological emergencies involving radiological or hazardous material releases and other incidents requiring federal assistance under the Act.

USACE is the lead agency for ESF #3, Public Works & Engineering; we are FEMA’s engineer. Our pre-scripted standard mission sets include debris removal and clearance, temporary emergency power, temporary housing and critical public facilities, temporary roofing, infrastructure assessment and urban search and rescue structural support. The Corps also lends trained personnel to support other ESFs, such as ESF #9, Urban Search and Rescue, when FEMA activates them. Upon state request, FEMA tasks USACE to execute these missions through mission assignments. If requested, we also perform engineering missions that fit our core capabilities but that do not fall under the above pre-scripted mission assignments.


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Annual Spring Runoff

The runoff season in the Missouri River basin typically begins around March 1.

Flooding Response
The Omaha District's flooding response authority is for areas north of Rulo, Neb. For areas south of Rulo in Kansas and Missouri, visit the Kansas City District's website.  

Omaha District Emergency Management
402-995-2448
 

Flood Fight Training

Overview of USACE Flood Fight Authorities

Levee Safety Program Update

2022 Missouri River Basin Flood Outlook

Missouri River Basin Water Management

Flood Fighting and Surveillance 

Flood Fighting Equipment