American National Red Cross DC
The American Red Cross has made a commitment to increase preparedness in communities across the United States and improve their capacity to become self-reliant and resilient in the face of disaster. Accordingly, the AmeriCorps*National Preparedness and Response Corps is designed to support this renewed commitment to community resilience through three primary activities: Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Capacity Building. Using evidence-based successful Red Cross interventions such as Community Disaster Education programs and Disaster Services service delivery mechanisms, members and the volunteers they recruit and manage will increase their region's resilience by ensuring that the residents are prepared for disasters of all types and have the response capability to address immediate post-disaster needs in that community and quickly recover from any such disaster. The Red Cross is requesting 122 members to serve in 22 regions around the country, with particular focus on underserved populations such as rural communities and tribal nations. The members will be placed in regional chapters in 16 states across the nation, including CA, AZ, NM, NV, TX, OK, LA, FL, IA, KY, IL, MO, VA, PA, NY, and MA. They will be serving from mid-August of 2012 through mid-July of 2013 in the first program year, with subsequent years following a similar timeline. Through the service of these members, communities in these states will be better prepared for disasters, better able to respond to disasters which may occur, and better capable of recovering quickly following a disaster. With its primary objective in the CNCS Focus Area of Disaster Services, we are asking CNCS to invest $1,586,000 in the National Preparedness and Response Corps through a Fixed Amount Grant, while the Red Cross provides all other necessary funds for a fully successful and impactful program.