The Disaster Services Unit (DSU) leads the agency engagement across the disaster services cycle with federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, faith-based and philanthropic organizations and other partners. The DSU’s role as the central hub for CNCS disaster related activities ensures that engagement is coordinated, consistent, collaborative and strong! National Service programs, through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, focus on all the four elements of the disaster cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
National Service prides itself on enhancing and adding value to what already exists in communities and infrastructure -- working in partnership with the whole community!
CNCS has developed a comprehensive, strategic approach that leverages program resource to assist communities.
The agency’s assets include:
AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRTs): are AmeriCorps programs that have a heightened focus and commitment to disaster response and recovery work. A-DRTs engage in activities and trainings year round, are a nationally deployable resource, and are recognized in the emergency management community as leaders in volunteer management
NCCC-FEMA Corps members directly deployable by FEMA throughout the country
Senior Corps: RSVP participants trained to respond throughout the country
CNCS Disaster Cadre: federal staff members who are specially trained to be called upon to support planning, response, and recovery work
The DSU provides fully coordinated assistance to communities through our programming to address community needs. The keys to ensuring success is to implement consistent methods and protocols that are understood and followed by all National Service programs.
Thousands 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. See how AmeriCorps partners with FEMA
“The national service family stands shoulder to shoulder with those affected by disasters. AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants remain at the ready to help their neighbors," said Kelly DeGraff, senior advisor for disaster services at the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Working hand-in-hand with local partners, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps participants provide vital relief to communities affected by disasters. We will continue to support residents and families who have been impacted by disasters for as long as we possibly can."