Disasters - Texas Floods 2015

2015 Texas Floods

 

329 National Service Members responded to Texas in the aftermath of severe flooding. In May and June of 2015 Texas experienced strong tornadoes and endured severe continuous storms.The combination of these multiple events led to severe, widespread damage across the state.  Just a day after the flooding began, AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRT) members were on the ground establishing Volunteer Reception Centers in San Marcos and Wimberley.

Highlights

  • 10,458 volunteers leveraged
  • Over 67,505 volunteer hours leveraged
  • 160 homes mucked/gutted

Local AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs were called upon by local and state emergency management to support immediate response efforts. National service was able to support this critical time due to the strong national service engagement in the emergency management network in Texas.

A-DRTs supported Bastrop, a community that has been repeatedly hit with wildfires and floods. They were one of the few outside organizations providing response support. They mucked and gutted 13 homes and did additional wellness outreach to homeowners when more severe weather came through the community.

Within a few weeks of the 2015 Memorial Weekend flooding, St Bernard Project began deploying members to serve the residential rebuilding needs of residents in the Blanco River Region (Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Blanco Counties). Since these deployments began, 34 members from across SBP’s national network of affiliates have mobilized to serve the community. In addition, the Blanco River Region was added to SBP’s National AmeriCorps Program as an operating site at the beginning of 2016; allowing SBP to transition from deployment operations to long term operations that will exist until the rebuilding need in the community has been met. Through this amendment, SBP will now be able to place 12 full time members in the Blanco River community in 2016 to scale operations and return more citizens to safe, sanitary and secure homes. Local partners like United Way of Hays County, Southside Community Center, Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, UPS, and Christian Aid Ministries have provided key support in relationship building, outreach and collaboration so that the community’s needs can be met as efficiently as possible.

 

 

Corporation for National and Community Service Photo.

 

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