"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

Col. Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico deputy commander (left) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Alexander Green, member of the House Homeland Security Committee, (right), shortly after the Army Reserve-PR presentation, March 2, at Fort Buchanan.
Col Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Deputy Commander, met here with members of a House Homeland Security Committee, Mar 2, who traveled to Puerto Rico to conduct oversight on Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers storm recovery.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), attempt to breach a vehicle to rescue notional victims during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Firefighters from Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department wait for training with the United States Army Reserve to officially begin, Jan. 24, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE) conducted joint training with the department. CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), takes a short break before getting back to work during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), discuss their options before entering a simulated collapsed bleacher during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), provides notional medical assistance to a role player during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), walk into a notionally contaminated area during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
A role player acts as an injured civilian during a training exercise, Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), tended to the role players during the training. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), uses scissors to cut through a role player's jacket during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), speak with a civilian decon trainer from the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
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.






Disaster Response Checklists:
Below is a list of resources to help you prepare for a disaster. Click to download a pdf.

72 Hour Kit
Car Emergency Kit
Fire
Flood
Hurricane
Thunderstorms
Pets
Pool

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