NEW ORLEANS — Marine Forces Reserve, in support of Marine Forces North, U.S. Northern Command and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is responding to Hurricane Harvey response efforts by actively supporting search and rescue operations, and posturing forces to quickly provide critical resources to the affected region, the Marine Corps Reserve said in a Sept. 1 release.
Marine Forces Reserve is the most geographically-dispersed command in the Marine Corps with units based all across affected areas. Marine Forces North is headquartered in New Orleans.
Below is a roundup of Marine Corps support to Harvey Relief Operations as of Sept 1.
In Beaumont, Texas:
4th AAV Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve is supporting flood recovery operations under immediate response authority with approximately 60 Marines and 10 Amphibious Assault Vehicles:
■ Three civilian medical evacuations.
■ 102 civilian rescues.
■ 200 homes searched.
■ Supplies delivered to 300 students stranded at Lamar University.
4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve is supporting flood recovery operations under immediate response authority with approximately 62 Marines, 16 boats, 4 MTVRs and 2 trucks:
■ 242 homes searched.
■ 569 civilian evacuations.
The following is a round-up of the remainder of Marine Corps forces postured to respond:
■ 4th Reconnaissance Battalion command post.
Fort Worth, Texas
■ Approximately 134 Marines with two KC-130Js and 10 trucks with utilities and heavy equipment.
■ Approximately 33 Marines with five UH-1Y helicopters supporting the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Marine Corps Total Force has a great deal of expertise in the area of response and recovery, gained from Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief across the globe. However, all efforts are in support of a lead federal agency working closely with state and local officials. State and local agencies are the lead for this response effort. Marine Forces Northern command, under the command of U.S. Northern Command, is responsible for homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.