Disasters - Flint, Michigan Water Crisis 2016

2016 Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

More than 120 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members have been deployed to or engaged in response operations in Flint. Serving with the United Way of Genesee County, these national service members educate residents on using water filters appropriately, provide information on best practices in healthcare and nutrition related to lead exposure, assist with donations management, and connect residents to wrap-around services.

In January 2016, CNCS announced the deployment of AmeriCorps resources, including AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA, to Flint and placed the first boots on the ground by February 1. This deployment included AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRT's), CNCS’ elite, specialty-trained crewed deployed at the request of local and federal emergency managers. These teams provide expert manpower for everything from coordinating volunteers to donations management, public information outreach to shelter operations, and needs assessments to case management.

In April of 2016, CNCS announced $1.3 million in investments that will allow additional AmeriCorps members to support state and local efforts addressing the water emergency, blight, and public safety in Flint, Mich. 

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