The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in support of FEMA under the national emergency response framework via Emergency Support Function 3 where we have rapidly pushed our subject matter experts to states while working closely with Public Health Services, Department of Defense (DOD), and Army. LTG Todd Semonite (RES ’99) has been personally engaged with the President and with the State Governors. We were very aggressive to develop fast and simple engineering solutions to support States’ ability to upscale their bed space in areas impacted by the COVID-19 virus. To date (April 24th), we have conducted over 1126 surveys around the U.S. and awarded the expansion of 32 facilities for a capacity of over 14,615 beds. We continue to support FEMA and keep DOD, Army, and others apprised of our efforts.
I’ve included a picture of me briefing SEC Murphy, GEN McConville, and LTG Semonite on the template of converting arenas and hotels into alternate care facilities to house patients.
MG Anthony C. ‘Tony’ Funkhouser, P.E.
Resident Class of 2007
DCG, Military and International Operations
HQ, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers