Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance – Excess Property
The Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance-Excess Property Program at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, permits the DOD to make available, prepare and transport non-lethal excess property to foreign countries when requested by the Department of State.
Through the excess property program, the DOD donates and distributes excess property to U.S. government efforts to avert humanitarian crises, promote democratic development and regional stability and enable countries to recover from conflict. Examples of excess property typically provided include medical equipment and supplies, generators and other electrical equipment, school supplies, tools, furniture, tents, blankets, sleeping bags and clothing.
Excess property made available for humanitarian relief purposes is transferred to the Department of State, which is responsible for the distribution to the intended recipient (normally a host nation government, a charitable-type organization or a nongovernmental organization).
When a natural disaster occurs, the HA-EP facilities can assist by providing disaster-relief supplies such as medical supplies, tents, blankets and humanitarian daily rations. This way the program can also be used to stave off or mitigate the effects of acute crises and therefore minimize the need to deploy U.S. forces.
The HA-EP warehouse in Okinawa, Japan, provides EP storage, refurbishment and shipment for U.S. Pacific Command. Additionally, the HA-EP warehouse in Livorno, Italy, provides storage and shipments for U.S. European and African Commands.
The consolidated EP facility in Albany, Georgia, prepares the property for shipment for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Southern Command recipients.