In anticipation of conducting disaster relief support in the event of Hurricane Dorian striking Puerto Rico, the Huntington District deployed an advance party consisting of the district commander, Colonel Jason Evers and emergency management specialists Randy Campbell and Jason Ritter in order to prepare for potential relief support operations in the wake of a devastating hit by Dorian.
The storm passed the island with minimal damage that will be handled by local public works support thereby not requiring further support from the Huntington team.
Even though the storm support was not required, the Huntington team was able to accomplish two significant tasks that otherwise may not have been possible. First, the team was able to gather information that will significantly help the region's ability to support this mission in the future. “Knowing the Antilles Field Office is here and having their points of contact will assist the transition into the AOR," said Colonel Evers. “Huntington District is better postured to support the South Atlantic Division if this level of district support is going to become a habitual practice."
The second major task was the team's ability to visit the Rio de la Plata project site. This is a project that Huntington District is conducting the design work on behalf of Jacksonville District. It consists of channel realignment, levee construction, and the construction of a bridge. This future work will tie into the existing project under construction and the team was able to see the alignment and the protected area first hand.
Although not deployed for this particular storm, the Huntington District is better prepared for future disaster relief support operations.