The Readiness Support Center (RSC) serves as an enterprise center of expertise dedicated to ensuring and improving USACE’s capability to respond to civil and military contingencies under the Directorate of Contingency Operations, Office of Homeland Security. The RSC manages and executes four national programs to support that overarching goal: TEAMS, EMcip, DTOS, and ENGLink.
The TEAMS program provides training and exercise development, personnel and organizational accreditation, and disaster modeling and simulation. TEAMS manages the curriculum development for contingency responders, including approximately 30 distance learning courses, and, in coordination with districts, Divisions, and HQUSACE, supports more than 40 Annual Training Guidance (ATG) events (training, in-residence and distance, exercise, workshops, conferences, meetings) each year. This robust training and exercise schedule is maintained to align goals and objectives with scenario based simulated environments to facilitate readiness in an interesting and engaging way
The RSC TEAMS program also administers the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP www.emap.org ) within USACE. The EMAP program is USACE's QMS process for Emergency Management. Management for the program consists of contract oversight with specific tasks for each division to train accreditation managers and assessors, providing oversight of the program within the enterprise, and to assist in coordinating assessments for site reaching compliance.
Modeling for ESF #3 mission estimates is managed by the TEAMS program, as well as modeling for all hazard events for exercises. Hurricane mission estimates are posted on a regular occurring basis when a storm is of Category 1 strength and is within 72 hours of landfall. The SimSuite program provides a mission scoping, mission tracking geospatial portal with analytical capabilities to assess, query, and create common operating pictures for daily activity and disaster events. The program consists of more than 50 EM viewers fully customizable for district and division Areas of Operation.
Emergency Management Continuous Improvement Program (EMcip)
The goal of the Emergency Management Continuous Improvement Program (EMcip), formerly known as the Corps of Engineers Remedial Action Program (CERAP or RAP) is to establish and facilitate a knowledge sharing culture within USACE Emergency Management to increase both our preparedness for contingency response and our effectiveness in support of the Nation. The program’s mission is to implement a deliberate continuous improvement process for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities under USACE’s own authorities through Public Law 84-99, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the National Response Framework, and in support to DoD.
EMcip utilizes a model-based approach (Discover, Validate, Analyze, Implement, Evaluate) to include flexibility in implementing targeted continuous improvement methods and strategies to suit a wide variety of needs and events.
Deployable Tactical Operations Systems (DTOS)
The DTOS program is a coordination of both teams and equipment to provide critical communications in the event of significant manmade or natural disasters in the United States, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. The DTOS program operates and maintains 15 Emergency Command and Control Vehicles (ECCV), three Mobile Communications Vehicles (MCV), and one Containerized Tactical Operations Center (CTOC), which are directed by the HQ UOC through the RSC management team during deployments.
ENGLink is an enterprise-wide, web-based application used to support military and civil contingencies. The database provides real-time tracking of personnel and events as well as personnel and team readiness and availability.
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