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Disaster Services

Sandy’s Survivors: Stronger than the Storm

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last year, areas that rarely saw a storm of that magnitude discovered what it was like to live through a disaster. Experiences like this reinforce what it really means to say that we’re all in this together.

Profiles in Service: Hurricane Sandy

Last week, Veronica Boda returned to her Brigantine, NJ, home to pick up her favorite blankets.  This weekend, she’ll go back to sort through winter clothes.  Veronica is one of many survivors of Hurricane Sandy still struggling to adjust to life after last year’s storm.

FEMA Corps First Year Shaped by Sandy

"In the month and a half my team was in New York, the progress I witnessed was absolutely incredible. Although we all were frequently exhausted by the various assignments we had been given each day, it truly makes it all worth it when you can step back and realize that you've played even a small part in such a huge recovery effort.” – FEMA Corps member Elizabeth McSherry.

National Service and the Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Two AmeriCorps NCCC alumni volunteering through NECHAMA empty a trash can filled with water-damaged debris while serving at a home in Atlantic City, NJ. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)

FEMA Corps members assisting with disaster clean-up.So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes…And what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need.  Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes.

AmeriCorps Works for Disaster Services

Whenever and wherever disasters strike, destruction and confusion trail in their wake. AmeriCorps and national service members trained in disaster response are proving to be a valuable and cost-efficient resource for America as they help victims and survivors begin to rebuild their lives.

Hurricane Sandy Blog Articles

Thank You, Sandy Volunteers (October 29, 2013)

National Service and Disaster Response Fact Sheet

Every year, communities across the nation suffer the effects of natural and man-made disasters that disrupt the lives of millions of Americans. Disasters can lead to human losses, social problems, economic harm, and environmental damage. The very nature of a disaster leaves individuals and families with broken or stressed support networks to assist with response and recovery.


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