Walla Walla Employees Help in CO
Three employees with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, departed Walla Walla for Aurora, Colorado, Saturday in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 8's request for emergency power assistance, according to a Corps emergency management official.
Danielle Stephens, a structural engineer and the Walla Walla District's Design Section chief, will serve as an action officer; Chad Rhynard, an electrical engineer and Electrical Engineering Section chief, will serve as a mission manager; and Katie Goodwin, an administrative officer for Plans, Programs and Project Management Division, will serve as a mission specialist.
All three are Walla Walla residents and will be working in FEMA's emergency operations center at Buckley Air Force Base to help coordinate emergency power support to areas impacted by the recent severe flooding across the state.
The Walla Walla District maintains two of the Corps' seven power teams, ready to deploy as part of the Corps' Emergency Support Function #3, public works and engineering-related support.
The all-volunteer teams can provide backup electrical power generation anywhere an emergency makes the service needed.