News | Sept. 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Fuel Support

By Connie Braesch DLA Energy Public Affairs

As Hurricane Dorian moves slowly but dangerously along the East Coast, a DLA Energy team is forward-deployed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Support Base at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

The six-person DLA Energy Task Force Americas team has 71 fuel vehicles loaded, staged and ready to respond to FEMA requests for fuel support.

“I am proud to be part of an organization who has volunteers that can deploy at a moment’s notice,” said TFA Commander Army Lt. Col. Julian Perez. “We are ready and partnered with FEMA to support the effects of Hurricane Dorian.”

TFA is a team of first responders who manage FEMA’s contingency fuel contract under the Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. Four DLA Energy Americas and two DLA Information Operations personnel staff the DLA Mobile Command Vehicle, checking in and inspecting the fuel trucks, which began arriving Aug. 31. TFA is managing/controlling a total of 35 diesel tank wagons, 26 gasoline tank wagons, six propane tank wagons, and four high water vehicles at the ISB.  

“We are tracking recovery efforts in the Bahamas and are prepared to support emerging requirements as requested,” said DLA Energy Americas Commander Army Col. Kevin Cotman.

As Hurricane Dorian passes along the coastline, DLA Energy will conduct facility reporting to obtain Defense Fuel Support Point operational status, continue to monitor supply chains, and mitigate fuel shortfalls as needed.

Until fuel facilities recover from the storm and DLA Energy’s supply chain can resume normal operations, DLA Energy TFA is standing by, ready to respond and support disaster recovery fuel needs.