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Corps of Engineers: Emergency Management

This program prepares for and responds to natural disasters, including floods, storms and hurricanes, by training and equipping personnel to respond to flood and storm events, repairing flood control and storm protection structures damaged by major floods and storms and conducting other emergency response activities.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program addresses the specific need for disaster response and recovery after hurricanes or major floods by performing emergency repairs to damaged levees and floodwalls. The Army Corps of Engineers is well-suited to conduct emergency project repairs, given their extensive knowledge of and experience with planning, constructing and maintaining such projects.
  • The program does not always receive funding in the regular, annual budget. Despite the relative certainty associated with preparing for and responding to emergencies each year, the program routinely relies upon erratic, emergency supplemental funding or emergency fund transfers from other programs.
  • The program lacks a comprehensive database for tracking the maintenance and performance of flood and storm protection projects that it regularly inspects and/or maintains. This information is necessary to ensure projects perform well during flood and storm events and to improve state and local accountability for maintaining and repairing flood and storm protection projects.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Exploring ways to improve decision-making on the restoration of flood and storm protection structures after an emergency.
  • Funding this program at a robust level in the regular, annual budget to support important emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
  • Proposing funds for an inventory of the Nation's flood and storm projects and development of an analytical tool for assessing project performance and risk of failure.

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