Disaster Services

The Disaster Services Unit (DSU) leads coordinated and collaborative disaster-related efforts with federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, faith-based and philanthropic organizations, and other partners. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps help communities across the country prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

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How CNCS responds:

AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRTs): AmeriCorps programs that have a heightened focus and commitment to disaster response and recovery. 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.

AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps: A disaster-assistance focused track of AmeriCorps NCCC that is directly deployable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Senior Corps RSVP: A Senior Corps program that engages 55 and over volunteers in disaster response and recovery.

CNCS Disaster Cadre: A cohort of federal employees who are specially trained to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 


“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."


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