Missouri Flood 2016

2016 Missouri Flood

More than 160 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members deployed to St. Louis to assist with the massive flooding that occurred in late December 2015. In partnership with the State Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, the Missouri Community Service Commission, and voluntary agency partners, these AmeriCorps members are coordinated the volunteer response efforts and provided direct assistance to homeowners by removing debris and mucking out homes.  A team from local organization AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team had been in the area since December 29 supporting response activities. They were joined by AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams from Washington Conservation Corps, Texas Conservation Corps, Volunteer Iowa,  AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps.

A-DRT's operated and managed four volunteer reception centers, led over 600 volunteers, filled over 80,000 sandbags, muckked and gutted over 250 homes, and provided emergency repairs to over 50 homes.

 

Missouri Community Service Commission:
Following the winter flooding of 2015-2016 and the subsequent Federal Disaster declaration (DR 4250) the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) along with the representatives of Missouri Department of Economic Development, SEMA and FEMA initiated a review process of Missouri’s response and recovery to that disaster. Executive Director of MCSC Don Stamper was designated as State Disaster Recovery Coordinator to help lead the review and planning process.

As a part of the review, it was recommended that the State establish a team to work on a “disaster resilience and recovery framework” as a step toward organizing the recovery efforts in a manner similar to the organizational standards found in the response stage of any disaster. As a state which experiences a large number of disasters, the planning efforts of the emergency response agencies, highway patrol, emergency medical technicians, and volunteer organizations COADS/VOADS have resulted in a streamlined, task driven, systematic and organized approach to saving lives, providing shelter and food, and stabilizing the health and safety of Missouri’s citizens. 

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