Disaster Services

Through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service helps communities across the nation prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

Current Disaster Operations

Our Disaster Services Unit (DSU) has agency-wide responsibility for coordination of CNCS disaster services activities. The DSU provides expertise, ongoing support, and access to a network of dedicated volunteers. CNCS subscribes to the belief that all disasters are local. Our focus is on enhancing and adding value to what already exists in communities and infrastructure -- working in partnership with State Service Commissions, local governments, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations.

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From forest fires and floods, to hurricanes and tornadoes, to terror attacks and oil spills, participants in CNCS programs have provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by disasters since 1994. Reflecting the agency's growing expertise and commitment in disaster services, the CNCS board of directors made disaster services one the agency's focus areas for its 2011-2015 strategic plan.

The map below shows a sample of the many ways that AmeriCorps commonly supports disaster response to long-term recovery, preparedness, and mitigation.

Right now, hundreds of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are committed to helping communities recover from one of the deadliest disaster seasons on record. And we’re helping even more communities brace for damage from tornadoes, floods, forest fires, and hurricanes.

Read about the new FEMA and AmeriCorps NCCC partnership to strengthen disaster response and recovery.

For more information about the CNCS Disaster Services Unit, email dsu@cns.gov

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Click on the drop-down menu below to read regularly updated Disaster Briefs. 



National Service Blog - Disaster Services

By Kara Balcerzak, CNCS Staff
Tags: AmeriCorps, AmeriCorpsNCCC, NCCC, Disaster
Joey Breems, CNCS, Office
Tags: AmeriCorps, Disaster, Senior Corps

Disaster Services Knowledge Network

This online network provides a place to share what works at the intersection of disaster services and national service.

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