Disasters - Typhoon Soudelor 2015

2015 Typhoon Soudelor

45 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members deployed in response to Typhoon Soudelor.  Between August 1-4, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor, ripped through the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) causing widespread destruction on the island of Saipan. Damage was extensive including significant damage to public infrastructure; much of the island was without power, water, or sewage for weeks. FEMA declared it a major disaster declaration on August 6, providing Individual and Public Assistance.  On September 2, AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members were the first national service members on the ground to provide immediate support.


A-DRT's led over 430 volunteers in conducting damage assessments, assisting homeowners and sorting donations. A-DRT's also delivered 37 disaster preparation trainings throughout the island. 

AmeriCorps member with the CNMI Public School System provided important support both before and during the A-DRT deployment. They served 977 hours in disaster response:

  • Prepared and served 18,272 meals
  • Registered 148 volunteers
  • Received, sorted, and distributed large quantities of donated food, clothing, and kits.
  • Assisted an estimated 400 people


Through the outreach and engagement of the A-DRTs and CNCS Cadre, the CNMI will host its first AmeriCorps VISTA members. In April 2016, two full time VISTA positions will begin in conjunction with the recovery of Typhoon Soudelor:

  • One VISTA member will serve as a Resource Development Coordinator with the Commonwealth Advocates in Recovery Efforts (CARE), the Long Term Recovery Group.
  • One VISTA member will serve as a Food Bank Coordinator with the Karidat Food Bank supporting community resiliency.
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