Getting Things Done Before, During, and After Disasters

By Kelly DeGraff

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AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary August theme highlights crucial national service

For 20 years, all across the country, AmeriCorps members have been getting things done for communities before, during, and after disaster.

As part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we are observing August as Disaster Services month. Together with our partners, members, and alumni, we’ll highlight the many ways that AmeriCorps makes America more resilient.

AmeriCorps brings a wealth of disaster experience, knowledge, and muscle to communities. The AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Disaster Toolkit contains an overview of how AmeriCorps supports organizations and government agencies with disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.  In the toolkit you’ll find key messages, talking points, statistics, and online resources.  You’ll also find ways to engage and help spread the message about our key role in disaster services. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • August 14 will be Disaster Service Day of the “A”!  Share your best disaster photos that show the AmeriCorps “A” on your favorite social network.  Be sure to tag them with #DayofTheA and #DisasterServe.
  • Social Media: follow us throughout the month and share our posts (and the toolkit)widely on Twitter and Facebook using #DisasterServe — and tag @nationalservice or @americorps too.
  • AmeriCorps grantees: Dedicate a Day of Service to disaster preparedness and pledge to participate in PrepareAthon.
  • Alums and members: Tell your story!  Share your disaster experience with your friends, family, and online through social media.  And send them to us at pressoffice@cns.gov.  

We’re excited to share all of the incredible blogs, tweets, and pictures of where we’ve been and how we’ve served for the last 20 years.  Please join us in celebrating the contributions of AmeriCorps to disaster service! 

Kelly DeGraff is the Senior Advisor for Disaster Services at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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