Disasters - Yukon River Flooding 2013

2013 Yukon River Flooding

67 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members and Disaster Cadre staff deployed in response to the Yukon River Flooding in Alaska. For several days between May 17 – June 11, 2013, communities along the Yukon River were affected by severe ice jam flooding. The event was federally declared on June 25 (FEMA Disaster 4122DR-AK) and supported the recovery of multiple Alaskan bush communities; Galena is the largest of the villages and one of the most affected communities.

AmeriCorps members supported early recovery efforts for vulnerable populations in remote villages by establishing and managing a Volunteer Reception Center, mucking/gutting homes, clearing debris, and conducting minor repairs of flood-damaged homes. Teams also supported Mass Care with sheltering operations. Members deployed from the following AmeriCorps programs: Washington Conservation Corps, the Iowa Commission for Volunteer Service, Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa, Hoopa TCCC, and Texas Conservation Corps.

Highlights:

  • In coordination with FEMA, the State, and disaster response nonprofit and faith based groups, small strike teams travelled to the smaller, more remote villages to muck/gut homes as well as perform minor home repair. Strike teams completed work in Alakanuk, Emmonak, Circle, Hughes, and Fort Yukon. Without these strike teams, these remote communities may not have received any flood response assistance.
  • In Fairbanks, an A-DRTs played an integral role in the establishment of the donations warehouse. They received donations, set up and organized the warehouse, and coordinated logistics of transportation. 
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