Crew members, leaders, field specialists and coordinators have joined together from multiple Corps districts and programs to assist with flood recovery efforts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A total of 43 Corps representatives will join the 900 National Service members from AmeriCorps who have already responded and deployed to the August flooding.
Mark Wilson, our main point of contact for disaster response deployment describes the impact of their service.
Disaster response deployments are not easy projects, physically or mentally. Our members have volunteered to be away from friends and family for at least 30 days, including over a major holiday. Not only have our members selflessly volunteered to assist hundreds or thousands of flood survivors by mucking and gutting flooded residences, but have also signed up for a truly life-changing and unique experience themselves. I am continually awed by their commitment to serving our nation and their impact on the lives of complete strangers who’s homes and families have been devastated by these disasters. It is them and their service that shows the nation what makes America great.
So far 367 damage assessments have been completed, 331 homes mucked and gutted, 14,592 cubic yards of debris cleared, 9,528 people assisted in shelters and 1,191,187 pounds of supplies collected or distributed. However, there is still work to be done and we are proud to be a part of the efforts.