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Handbook 09-27
April 2009

Appendix B

Department of Defense Commander's Emergency Response Program Category Definitions and Potential Projects

Agriculture/Irrigation projects to increase agricultural production or cooperative agricultural programs, including irrigation systems:

  • Reforestation (fruit and nut) producing trees, timber production, and general reforestation
  • Wind breaks for fields
  • Pesticide control for crops
  • Animal husbandry practices
  • Veterinary clinics, supplies, and care for animals
  • Seeds for planting
  • Purchase of initial, parent livestock for herds
  • Animal health
  • Animal production
  • Aquaculture
  • Fish farms
  • Conservation programs
  • Biotechnology
  • Purchase of farm equipment or implements
  • Irrigation wells
  • Irrigation ditches
  • Canal cleanup
  • Water pumps
  • Siphon tubes
  • Terracing development and construction
  • Sprinkler irrigation
  • Dust suppression
  • Central pivot irrigation
  • Sub-irrigation
  • Aquifer development
  • Agricultural training facilities and demonstration farms

Battle damage repair projects to repair or pay for the repair of property damage resulting from U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations and is not compensable under the Foreign Claims Act.

Civic cleanup activities projects to clean up and beautify public areas:

  • Streets and roads
  • Parks
  • Old buildings/structures demolition
  • Trash removal

Civic support vehicle projects to purchase or lease vehicles for public/government officials in support of civic and community activities:

  • Construction vehicles for public works
  • Water and trash trucks
  • Governmental vehicles for official duties

Condolence payments are made to individual civilians for the death or physical injury of relatives resulting from U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations and are not compensable under the Foreign Claims Act.

Economic, financial, and management improvement projects to improve economic or financial security:

  • Marketing assistance programs
  • Refurbishing bazaars
  • Micro-grants to individuals or small businesses
  • Refurbishing district centers

Education projects to repair or reconstruct schools or purchase school supplies or equipment:

  • Build, repair, and refurbish schools (primary, middle, and high schools; colleges; trade schools; and Centers of Educational Excellence)
  • Tents for use as schools/classrooms
  • School supplies and textbooks
  • Furniture, desks, and mats
  • Sports equipment (for example, soccer balls and goals)

Electricity projects to repair, restore, or improve electrical production, distribution, and secondary distribution infrastructure. The unit providing funds must conduct a cost analysis so the village or district may collect revenues to ensure operation and maintenance of the system for long-term use.

  • Electrical production (solar, hydro, wind, and fossil fuel) for villages and districts (not specific to individual government buildings or homes)
  • Distribution of high and low voltage electricity to villages and districts (not specific to individual government buildings or homes)
  • Secondary distribution to individual buildings and homes
  • Generators (regardless of where used)
  • Studies

Food production and distribution projects to increase food production or distribution processes to further economic development:

  • Food handling technology, including refrigeration, storage, and warehousing
  • Adequate production and supply logistics based on demand and need
  • Food labeling and packaging
  • Food production safety
  • Capacity building for production and regulation of food
  • Storage capability for pre-distribution holding

Former detainee payments are made to individuals upon release from coalition, non-theater internment detention facilities.

Healthcare projects to repair or improve infrastructure, equipment, and medical supplies and provide immunizations and training for healthcare personnel to maintain or restore health, especially by trained and licensed professionals:

  • Construction/Repair of clinics
  • Ambulances/Transportation for doctors in rural areas
  • Construction/Repair of hospitals
  • Cooperative medical assistance visits and supplies
  • Healthcare specific furnishings (such as beds and mattresses)
  • Refrigeration for medication
  • Expendable supplies
  • Durable and non-expendable equipment for medical facilities

Hero payments are made to the surviving spouses or next of kin of Iraqi or Afghan defense or police personnel killed because of U.S., coalition, or supporting military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan (previously referred to as martyr payments in Iraq).

Other urgent humanitarian or reconstruction projects to repair collateral damage not otherwise payable because of combat exclusions or condolence payments. These other urgent humanitarian projects are not captured under any other expenditure category. For urgent humanitarian projects, use this category only when no other category is applicable:

  • Tents
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting
  • Blankets
  • Clothes, shoes/boots, and winter coats/gloves
  • Hygiene kits
  • Food (rice, beans, salt, sugar, tea, and cooking oil)
  • Stoves
  • Wood for stoves
  • Coal/Charcoal

Protective measures projects to repair or improve protective measures to enhance the durability and survivability of a critical infrastructure site (for example, oil pipelines or electric power lines):

  • Fencing
  • Lights
  • Barrier materials
  • Berms over pipelines
  • Guard towers

Repair civic and cultural facility projects to restore civic or cultural buildings or facilities:

  • Religious buildings such as mosques or shrines
  • Civic/Community centers
  • Women's centers
  • Athletic venues
  • Libraries
  • Museums

Rule of law and governance projects to repair or reconstruct government buildings such as administrative offices, courthouses, or prisons:

  • Governmental buildings
  • Support for the judicial system
  • Jails or temporary holding facilities
  • Public service facility improvements
  • Support to divergent political party development

Temporary contract guards for critical infrastructure projects (including Sons/Daughters of Iraq and similar initiatives in Afghanistan) to guard critical infrastructure, including neighborhoods and other public areas.

Telecommunications projects to repair or extend communications over a distance. The term telecommunication covers all forms of distance and/or conversion of the original communications, including radio, telegraphy, television, telephony, data communication, and computer networking. Telecommunications projects include projects to repair or reconstruct telecommunications systems or infrastructure:

  • Television stations (including equipment purchase, repair, and maintenance)
  • Radio stations (including equipment purchase, repair, and maintenance)
  • Governmental communications systems (telephones, two-way radios, repeaters, and antennas)
  • Loudspeaker systems
  • Landline point-to-point connections to connect systems

Transportation projects to repair or restore transportation to include infrastructure and operations. Infrastructure includes transportation networks (including roads, railways, airways, canals, and pipelines) that are used as well as the nodes or terminals (such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, and seaports). Transportation operations deal with the control of the system, such as traffic signals and ramp meters, railroad switches, and air traffic control:

  • Transportation infrastructure, including roads, railway tracks, airports, and ports
  • Roads (including gravel and cobblestone)
  • Culverts
  • Bridging
  • Traffic control measures

Water and sanitation projects to repair or improve drinking water availability to include purification and distribution. Building wells in adequate places is a way to produce more water, assuming the aquifers can supply an adequate flow. Other water sources such as rainwater and river or lake water must be purified for human consumption. Purification processes include filtering, boiling, and distillation as well as more advanced techniques such as reverse osmosis. The distribution of drinking water is accomplished via municipal water systems or as bottled water. Sanitation, essential for the prevention of disease, is the hygienic disposal or recycling of waste materials, particularly human excrement:

  • Wells (regardless of the end user, unless the end user is the security forces)
  • Water pumps
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Production or distribution of potable water and sanitation of that production capability
  • Trash collection points
  • Waste disposal sites
  • Sewage treatment solutions
  • Retaining walls for flood prevention
  • Dumpsters
  • Public latrines
  • Water studies, including watershed studies
  • Water testing

Restrictions: See the supporting resource manager for restrictions on projects over $750K and over $1M.


 

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