Service Year Programs Respond to Disasters
These Service Year Programs Help Respond to Disasters
Disaster Response Throughout History
As communities continue to respond to the 2017 hurricanes and prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, we are reminded about the power of service years to help communities respond to natural disasters. From AmeriCorps’ response after Hurricane Katrina to the team of dedicated AmeriCorps members who were on the scene in Joplin, Missouri just hours after the tornado destroyed the community — national service is critical to the immediate and long-term recovery of communities in the wake of natural disasters.
Northern California Wildfires
In response to the fifteen major wildfires that tore across California in 2017 and continue to devastate the area in 2018, AmeriCorps members with programs like California Conservation Corps are some of the first on the scene and work tirelessly to prevent the wildfires from spreading.
Thanks to national service, seven teams were activated to support Hurricane Maria recovery operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This included four AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams that set up volunteer and donations management operations.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, over 550 AmeriCorps members were deployed to Texas to help the community respond.
In response to Hurricane Irma, 23 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams — including FEMA Corps — were deployed to Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico to support recovery operations in areas affected by the hurricane.
Hawaii Volcanic Eruption
Three teams of AmeriCorps members with FEMA Corps were deployed to Hawaii to join assistance efforts for survivors of the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes in Hilo, Hawaii.
In the last 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, national service allowed 40,000 people to serve with programs like AmeriCorps in the Gulf Coast.
Just hours after the nation’s deadliest tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, the first team of AmeriCorps members arrived on the scene ready to support the community.
Following Hurricane Sandy, more than 2,400 AmeriCorps members participated in disaster response in the six states impacted by the storm.