WALLA WALLA, Wash. –
Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District employees deployed this week to assist the Jacksonville District’s support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Blue Roof mission in Georgia and Florida, according to District emergency management officials.
Deployees volunteered from duty locations throughout the District -- Griffin Schireman, a Boise, Idaho resident, who serves as a natural resource specialist at Lucky Peak Dam and Lake in Boise, Idaho; a Clarkston resident, who serves as construction representative at Lower Granite Lock and Dam, Pasco Washington; Rusty Little, a Baker City, Oregon resident, who serves as a materials handler at Little Goose Lock and Dam, Starbuck Washington.
While deployed, all three will serve as quality assurance specialists, verifying work performed under government contracts. In addition to having the technical knowledge and skills needed for a specific deployment position, employee-volunteers must meet a variety of FEMA and Corps training requirements, and complete a medical screening to be approved to go.
The program, named Operation Blue Roof, provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, and temporary emergency power. Eligible homeowners in 12 counties impacted by Hurricane Michael can apply for temporary repairs under the Blue Roof program. To participate in the Blue Roof call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) or visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof to find a location where Right of Entry (ROE) forms are being collected.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Operations Centers have been activated in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. For more information about the Corps’ ongoing hurricane-response missions, visit https://www.sad.usace.army.mil/Missions/Readiness-and-Contingency-Operations/Storms/Hurricane-Michael/.