The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division announced today that their Little Rock District will begin providing planning and assessments for possible conversion of existing buildings into alternate-care-sites in Arkansas.
The actions, officials said, are being done at the request of the state and in coordination with FEMA and state officials.
“We are working closely with state officials and our partners to ensure this critical mission is met,” Brig. Gen. Paul Owen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, said.
Corps teams are providing initial planning and engineering support across the country to address possible medical facility shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information pertaining to specifications and implementation of the alternate care sites is available on the web at https://www.usace.army.mil/Coronavirus/Alternate-Care-Sites/
During emergencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal government's lead public works and engineering support agency and given its extensive work in building medical facilities for its military stakeholders, it is uniquely qualified to tackle this engineering challenge.
More information on the Southwestern Division can be found at www.swd.usace.army.mil or by following @USACE_SWD on Twitter.
Release no. 20-003