The group responsible for responding to major emergencies and natural disasters sat down to review their plans on Wednesday.
The U.S. Army Reserve hosted a capabilities briefing that brought together major government players including FEMA, the Iowa National Guard, Iowa Homeland Security and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.
Army leaders spoke about the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command’s abilities when it comes to disaster response. The Des Moines group is well-trained in transportation logistics and even water purification.
“It’s good that we can all come together because we all work for the same government and we all want to be able to respond and serve the people and whenever we can work together, that’s very important,” U.S. Army Staff Operating and Training Officer Terry Slagg said.
The special briefing was held in response to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the Secretary of Defense the power to call up reserve forces to respond to a state governor’s request for federal assistance.