The Disaster Services Unit (DSU) leads coordinated, collaborative, and strong disaster-related efforts with federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, faith-based and philanthropic organizations and other partners.
National Service programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps address each component of the disaster cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.We pride ourself on our ability to enhance what already exists in communities and infrastructure, and aim to work in partnership with whole communities.
How CNCS leverages program resource to assist communities:
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 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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