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2017 Hurricanes

"As part of the federal family, we are committed to helping communities impacted by Hurricane Florence respond, recover, and rebuild." -Barbara Stewart, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

Since last summer, more than 5,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members have been dispatched to Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support the nearly 47 million people impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The agency also awarded more than $2.8 million in new, one-time, additional funding to Senior Corps and AmeriCorps organizations in impacted areas to support long-term recovery efforts. One year later, we’re still there.

AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams are expertly trained crews that provide support for shelter operations, call centers, volunteer and donation management, muck and gut operations, blue-roof tarping, and debris cleanup, among other services. This response to last year’s hurricanes also included AmeriCorps members serving with FEMA Corps, an innovative partnership to enhance the nation’s disaster response and recovery capacity, while expanding career opportunities for young people. 

Graphic: National Service responds to Harvey. Click here to navigate to our Hurricane Harvey response photo gallery.

 

Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. In the last year, CNCS has deployed more than 5,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 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.

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National Service Responds to Disasters

 

Hurricane Harvery

 

On the evening of Friday, August 25 Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Gulf Coast, devastating communities in Texas and Louisiana. Since then the nation has witnessed the very best of the American spirit, with first responders, Coast Guard and National Guard service members, and everyday Americans joining the effort to lend a helping hand.

As President Trump has said: “Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen – friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger…When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women.”

CNCS stands shoulder to shoulder with the nation to ensure survivors have the support they need to get back in their homes and rebuild their communities. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps disaster teams from Texas and across the country are responding to Hurricane Harvey. These teams provide expert manpower, everything from volunteering coordination to donations management, sandbagging to shelter operations, and debris removal to home repairs.

FEMA and FEMA Corps member assist affected local in Texas

Hurricane Irma

In response to Hurricane Irma, CNCS made available more than 800 Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members to support operations in Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. The AmeriCorps members provided disaster survivor assistance, support for logistics, and are working with Save the Children to implement child-friendly spaces in shelter environments. In addition, Volunteer Florida’s AmeriCorps teams provided disaster response to more than 8,600 residents, and locally-serving Senior Corps programs have been involved in emergency food, shelter, and volunteer operations.

AmeriCorps NCCC members tarp a damaged roof

 

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Senior Corps and AmeriCorps DisasterTeams Respond to Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall CNCS) remains committed to the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams, including FEMA Corps are still serving on the islands, and additional teams will deploy in the coming weeks. To mark the anniversary, the agency has released new photos and videos about the ongoing recovery efforts on the island.

AmeriCorps VISTA member takes a break from his garden project to smile for the camera

AmeriCorps members deployed to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Maria aided nearly 100,000 Americans and maintained nearly 1,400 structures through home assessments, mucking and gutting, home repairs, roof tarping, and sanitization. These teams also distributed nearly 1,000 tons of donations and cleared more than 16,600 cubic yards of debris, approximately 1,360 dump trucks worth.

 

Locally-serving AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs continue to coordinate with the service commission to provide services to impacted citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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