"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)
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE AUTHORITY

Immediate Response is conducted by Army Reserve units and Soldiers under the Immediate Response Authority (IRA) outlined in DoD Directive 3025.18, which authorizes local commanders to take action to save lives, prevent human suffering or mitigate great property damage in a situation of urgency when there is insufficient time to get approval from higher headquarters.

As listed in DoD Directive 3025.18, a request for assistance from a civil authority (tribal authority, mayor, chief of police, fire chief, sheriff, chief of emergency management, etc.) is required to initiate the Immediate Response Authority. Following the request, Army Reserve units within the affected area may respond immediately under imminently serious conditions to disasters and attacks as required by civil authorities and within limits established by law. 

Immediate Response Authority was recently used in the aftermath of historic rainfall and flooding in West Virginia. Forty-four counties were under a declared state of emergency when the commander of the 811th Ordnance Company, 321st Ordnance Battalion, 38th Regional Support Group, received a call from the mayor of Rainelle, asking for immediate assistance in evacuating individuals whose lives were in imminent danger.


Approximately 15 Soldiers from the 811th responded to the call, joining forces with state and local authorities to conduct disaster recovery operations, including conducting sweeps of previously inaccessible areas, moving supplies (water, food, cleaning supplies) and transporting civilians and staff.

Several worked with the Rainelle Fire Department to respond to 911 distress calls, going from home to home in more than three feet of fast water, to evacuate residents. One Soldier moved more than 100 people to safety, according to his chain of command.
AGILE & CAPABLE