AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRT's)


(A-DRT's) are AmeriCorps State and National grantee 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. NCCC and AmeriCorps grantees make up the A-DRT program (see complete list below).

A-DRT Basics 

A-DRT deployments are managed by the Disaster Services Unit. An Incident Command System (ICS) structure is used on deployments, adjusting the structure to align with the size of the operation. When established, all deployed programs are managed under the AmeriCorps Incident Command Team (ACT).

  • A-DRTs are trained in disaster services functions to include: ICS 100/200/300; NIMs 700/800; EMT; CPR/First Aid; Volunteer and Donations Management; Mass Care/Family Services; Shelter Operations; OSHA certified Chainsaw Training; Hazmat certification
  • Can deploy under very short notice, within hours in some cases.
  • Ability to deploy, serve, and subsist under harsh conditions with little infrastructure; can be self-sufficient in early disaster response to house and feed independently; bring own tools and vehicles.
  • Trained and experienced in identifying needs, connecting with partners on the ground, and establishing a work structure.


Individual Assistance Distribution of Life-Sustaining Supplies; Support for Mass Care: Sheltering; Feeding; Health and Wellness Checks;  Mucking and Gutting; Debris clean-up; Emergency Roof Tarping; Emergency Home Repair; Mold Suppression; Hazard Tree Removal/Chainsaw; Minor home repair.

Public Assistance Critical Debris Removal; Flood Fighting (Sandbagging, etc.); Dispatch and Tracking of Donated Equipment; Park and Public Lands Restoration.

Volunteer and Donations Management Volunteer Reception Center: Establish and Manage Operations; Database Management (homeowner  intake and volunteers); Damage assessments; Track Volunteer Hours (can be used for State soft match); Field Leadership for Volunteer Engagement: Deliver training in safety and tasks; Support volunteer housing/logistics; Warehousing Support; Points of Distribution (PODs), and Donations Tracking.

Community Outreach Damage and Other Needs Assessment; Support to 2-1-1 or Other Call Centers; Client Intake and Tracking; Public Situational Awareness; Case Management; Support for Multi Agency Resource Centers (MARCs); Transportation; Staffing for Staging Areas and Logistics; Canvassing.

Capacity Building Support to Emergency Management; Support to Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs), and Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRCs); Inter-agency Facilitation; Surge Capacity for Staffing; Support for Emergency Farm and Animal Care.

A-DRT Programs

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