After 38 days in Saipan, a four-member Conservation Corps disaster response crew returns home Friday, October 9. Serving with Texas Conservation Corps, the crew set up a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) to help coordinate and manage volunteers from multiple agencies and community groups. Derick Schneibel, Iowa assistant program manager, led the crew, which includes Dan Burch and Brian Krantz-White (Rochester crews), and Tonya Dunsmoor (Ames, Iowa crew).
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Saipan on August 2, leaving at least 38 dead, many more injured, and thousands without homes. Saipan is one of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific.