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Disaster Services

Disaster Services

National Service programs helps communities across the nation prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. From forest fires and floods, to hurricanes and tornadoes, to terror attacks and oil spills, participants in national service programs have provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by disasters since 1994. Reflecting the agency’s growing expertise and commitment in disaster services, the CNCS board of directors made disaster services one the agency’s focus areas for its 2011-2015 strategic plan. These activities cover the full range of disaster services from response to long-term recovery, preparedness, and mitigation. Read more at: http://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/disaster-services

Organizations and Project Ideas

  • Organizations dedicated to disaster preparedness, training, etc.
    • Volunteer as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member
    • Volunteer with Neighborhood Watch to protect your community
    • Volunteer as a member of FireCorps, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) or Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) through your local emergency service agencies
    • Coordinate a community training on emergency preparedness and help community members assemble 72-hour kits