Responding to Wildfires, Floods, and More

By CNCS Staff

AmeriCorps members with Washington Conservation Corps prepare disaster mitigation materials in response to recent wildfires in Washington state.

Disaster Services Unit update

Washington Wildfires 

69 AmeriCorps members and staff from Washington Conservation Corps have responded to destructive wildfires in Washington state, serving more than 6,800 hours so far. Disasters include the Mills Canyon Fire in Entiat, the Carlton Fire Complex in Winthrop, and the Chiwaukum Creek Fire in Leavenworth.

We’re collaborating with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the state agency tasked with wildfire response and management. AmeriCorps members are supporting firefighting camp operations including supply management, distribution of firefighting resources, inventory control, order processing, food distribution, and camp upkeep. 

Also, Senior Corps RSVP volunteers from Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council and AmeriCorps VISTA members are assisting the Red Cross with shelter operations in Wenatchee, Chelan, and Brewster. 

Read the latest: Crews Make Gains on Massive Washington Wildfire


AmeriCorps St. Louis members respond to flooding in Clarksville, MO.

AmeriCorps St. Louis Responds to Clarksville Flooding

On July 2, a 14-member AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team answered the call to help the area that sits about 75 miles north of its home base, performing flood protection work in and around Clarksville’s historic district, businesses, and homes. This marked the third time the Emergency Response Team has provided services to the town in 15 months. The latest reports from earlier this week found that AmeriCorps St. Louis members had served more than 1,072 hours, registered 268 volunteers, leveraged another 2,143 volunteers, and supervised 382 volunteers. 


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Floods in the north: A community comes together

AmeriCorps members with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa are responding to flooding in Minnesota:

"We are the community. We serve the people who need help the most, wherever it may be. We do what needs to be done and we don’t stop working until it is done."

Read more at the Conservation Corps website.


AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary 

As part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary, we are observing August as Disaster Services month. Together with our partners, members, and alums, we will highlight the many ways that AmeriCorps is making a difference to make America more disaster resilient.  

We’re looking for stories and photos from our partners, members, and alumni to feature on social media during August. Do you have a compelling story of AmeriCorps serving your community following a disaster? Send your stories and photos to DSU@cns.gov!

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