HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has assembled field assessment teams tasked with evaluating existing facilities for the possible conversion into alternate-care-sites in West Virginia.
The District teams, at the request of FEMA and the state of West Virginia, are evaluating facilities within West Virginia.
District personnel are working closely with FEMA, state and local partners to best facilitate, quick response should the need arise to have additional alternate-care-sites constructed.
“Our teams of dedicated employees are working diligently to meet the call of our nation and help tackle the problem that this virus has created for our national healthcare network,” said Randy Campbell, Huntington District Emergency Management Chief.
Overall USACE has received three FEMA Mission Assignments (MAs) totaling $352.1 million, and USACE has more than 165 personnel providing support. Two of the FEMA MAs ($2.1 million) are for national activation and to provide initial planning and engineering support nationwide to address possible medical facility shortages in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of the FEMA MAs ($350M), issued for New York ONLY, is for facility assessments, planning, engineering, design, contracting, and construction of alternate medical sites.
Information pertaining to specifications and implementation of the alternate care sites is available on the web at https://www.usace.army.mil/Coronavirus/Alternate-Care-Sites/
Contractors who may be interested in working on these sites throughout West Virginia, should the need arise, are asked to review the memo from the USACE director of Contracting on what you can do to help at https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Archive/Article/2120990/contracting-in-disasters-what-companies-can-do-to-help/.
During emergencies, USACE is the federal government's lead public works and engineering support agency, and given its extensive work in building medical facilities for its military stakeholders is uniquely qualified to tackle this engineering challenge.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5550.