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Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and other disasters are an unfortunate part of life. It is impossible to completely prevent them. A tornado, hurricane, flood, earthquake or other disaster can tear through our communities in moments destroying homes and businesses, uprooting families and leaving behind a path of destruction and broken dreams.

Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. No matter where or when they strike, though, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stands ready to respond. Through its disaster preparedness efforts and its quick response to disasters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is able to help save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property damage every year from natural and manmade disasters.

The Corps is committed to lessening the impact of these disasters on people, communities, the economy and the environment. The Corps emergency management efforts are built on the three R’s: Readiness, Response and Recovery. Learn more about recent Corps emergency response efforts.

The Corps emergency management efforts also have become inextricably linked with the nation's homeland security. In 2002 the Corps created an Office of Homeland Security, incorporating the emergency management program and other programs designed to ensure the security of the nation's infrastructure.

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