"With Soldiers and equipment in more than 1,100 communities across the nation, America's Army Reserve is uniquely postured to employ capabilities critical to Homeland Defense and DSCA."

- Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey
Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

Hurricane Maria in September 2017 damaged several solar sites at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Flooded inverters were a common sight in the storm's aftermath. Photograph courtesy of Dmitrii Cordero/Fort Buchanan Directorate of Public Works.
Hurricane Maria in September 2017 destroyed several solar sites at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico and left millions of dollars of damage in her wake. Photograph courtesy of Dmitrii Cordero/Fort Buchanan Directorate of Public Works.
Brego takes a break from his duties as a certified therapy dog during Hurricane Maria. The five year old Belgian Malinois was assisting his dad, David Schultz, a Senior Volunteer Advisor with the Army Reserve, with volunteer recovery operations in the aftermath of the 2017 storm that devastated Puerto Rico and the surrounding territories. Brig. Gen. Dustin "Ana" Shultz is the commander of U.S. Army Reserve's 1st Mission Support Command, the largest federal Army Command in the Caribbean, and has more than 5,000 Soldiers all across Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands. (Photo courtesy David Schultz)
Soldiers and civilian employees of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division meet in the division’s Emergency Operations Cell to discuss Hurricane Florence Sept. 17 at division headquarters on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The 99th DIV(R) ran 24-hour operations in its EOC for several days during Florence’s initial landfall and push inland, and was prepared to support relief efforts in several ways to include providing 13 U.S. Army Reserve facilities to shelter evacuees, readying equipment such power generators and water-purification systems, activating several public affairs teams to provide news coverage, and maintaining accountability of Soldiers throughout the affected areas.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey surveys the coast of North Carolina after Hurricane Florence impacted the community, September 22, 2018.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey surveys the coast of North Carolina after Hurricane Florence impacted the community, September 22, 2018.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey speaks to U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the Army Reserve Center in Knightdale, N.C., during his survey of places affected by Hurricane Florence, September 22, 2018.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Sullivan, with the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 318th Press Camp Headquarters, 99th Readiness Division, donates blood at The American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Florence Relief effort. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by 1st Lt. Chantel Baul)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Olha Vandergriff, commander of the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 318th Press Camp Headquarters, 99th Readiness Division, prepares to donate blood at The American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Florence Relief effort. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by 1st Lt. Chantel Baul)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 318th Press Camp Headquarters, 99th Readiness Division, donates blood at The American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Florence Relief effort. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. William Battle)
The Army Reserve includes substantial capabilities vital in disaster response and stands ready to support lead agencies for domestic emergencies and disaster relief efforts.

10 U.S. Code Section 12304a, amended by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act provides new authority for the Active and Reserve Components (Title 10) to assist our citizens and communities in the United States during domestic emergencies to save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate great property damage.

The Army Reserve provides federal support to Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) during emergencies with capabilities such as aviation lift, search and rescue or extraction, quartermaster (food, shelter, potable water, heated tents, etc.), civil affairs and public information as well as a significant portion of full-spectrum engineer capability.

For example, Army Reserve aircraft rapidly transport patients to critical-care facilities, and deliver critical personnel, supplies, equipment into affected areas. In the homeland, the Army Reserve is fully integrated into the standing Department of Defense task force postured for response to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) events.


DSCAThe Army Reserve provides all of the Army’s Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers (EPLOs) and half of those supporting the Department of Defense. These EPLOs serve as conduits, maintaining communications between the Department of Defense, federal, state and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations to coordinate assistance between all parties during emergency response events.

The Army Reserve will conduct DSCA response in two ways — immediate and deliberate. These responses differ in the authorities under which they are conducted and the source of the support request. Responses can be conducted independently or as part of a larger response effort. Title 10 USC Section 12304 authorizes Federal Reserve units, including the Army Reserve, to respond to certain emergencies and humanitarian assistance in other nations.


This includes the authority to order up to 200,000 members of the components to active duty for a continuous period of up to 365 days to provide assistance to either the federal government or an individual state in time of a serious man-made disaster, accident or natural catastrophe.

Title 10 USC Section 12304a authorizes the Army Reserve to provide disaster assistance to a major natural disaster or emergency in the United States at the request of the governor of a state.






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