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By Kelly DeGraff

If an emergency occurred next week, tomorrow, or even this afternoon, Would you be ready?

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.  At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and in the Disaster Services Unit we are encouraging everyone to take part, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency.

AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are helping communities across the nation prepare for emergencies.  CNCS in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and Cities of Service, announced the creation of the first-ever Resilience AmeriCorps. This  two-year pilot program will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members in ten communities across the country to increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events. 

Aug 31, 2015

By Kelly DeGraff

If an emergency occurred next week, tomorrow, or even this afternoon, Would you be ready?

“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

September is...

By Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

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Ten years ago Olachi Anaemereibe sat in front of her TV, with tears in her eyes as she watched news reports depicting the incredible devastation that was unfolding in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Hers were tears of compassion and frustration, and she felt there was very little she could do to help.

But today she has a different story to tell, as she recently had an opportunity to lend a hand in helping rebuild a city that she says refuses to be held down by adversity. Even now, according to Olachi, there are places where homes are still just as devastated as they were immediately after the hurricane.

“When you meet the people of New Orleans you can tell that they have been through a real crisis – there’s definitely a feeling that something really major has happened,” says Olachi. She adds, however, that it’s also clear to her that New Orleans residents have a uniquely irrepressible spirit.  “They have a love of life and a love of their neighbors and community that ties them together.  You can be sure that even if something knocks them down, they’re going to get back up and keep going.”

The construction work in New Orleans was intense, with teams working from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. By mid-day the volunteers often found it difficult to deal with the intense heat, even thought it was only late May.

On the bright side, New Orleans lived up to its reputation for being a very unique and colorful culture, with two local men routinely visiting the build sites to play Jazz Music on their trumpet and guitar. It was their way of saying thanks to the volunteers.

Aug 31, 2015

By Mallory Orr, AmeriCorps member serving on the Entergy Louisiana Team at Broadmoor Middle School

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Each year, AmeriCorps members across the nation serving with City Year are sworn into their year of service during the annual Red Jacket Ceremony. Each city’s corps recites the City Year and AmeriCorps pledges where they confirm their dedication to national service, idealism, commitment, and mission to serve children.

Like all other sites, City Year Baton Rouge held a Red Jacket Ceremony–but this year it was a bit more special. This year marks the 10th year of City Year’s service in Louisiana, founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. City Year Baton Rouge chose to commemorate the importance of this year by not only holding a Red Jacket Ceremony, but a whole Red Jacket Weekend, made up of three events to celebrate City Year’s dedication to Baton Rouge, as well as honor the anniversary of Katrina.

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“That’s the story of New Orleans…a city that, for almost 300 years, has been the gateway to America’s soul. Where the jazz makes you cry, the funerals make you dance, the bayou makes you believe all kinds of things. A place that has always brought together people of all races and religions and languages. And everybody adds their culture and their flavor into this city’s gumbo. You remind our nation that for all of our differences, in the end, what matters is we’re all in the same boat. We all share a similar destiny.” —President Obama marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

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