US Army Corps of Engineers
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Emergencies: Economic Impact

USACE disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts help to reduce the effects of disasters on businesses and communities, significantly softening the economic impact.

The economic impact of a disaster can be tremendous, destroying or disabling businesses, crippling critical infrastructure, and causing untold property damage. Floods alone are estimated to cause billions of dollars in damage each year in the United States.

It is impossible to prevent disasters, but USACE plays a vital role in minimizing their economic impact by responding quickly to limit damage and by helping businesses and communities promptly get up and running again. By restoring vital water and power supplies, assessing structural damage and reopening transportation routes, USACE can help communities return to “business as usual.”

USACE'S rapid response to natural and man-made disasters plays a significant role in minimizing their impact on local and state economies.