Responding to a disaster can provide a transformative experience for many Corpsmembers. In 2011, crews nationwide responded to at least 251 disasters including fires, floods, and storms. 4 Corps sent crews to Joplin, Missouri after devastating tornadoes leveled the city.
In addition to responding to disasters, Corps are also involved in preparation, mitigation, and recovery projects centered around helping communities remain resilient while protecting homes and the environment. The training that Corpsmembers receive as well as their preparation to travel easily and bring their own gear like chainsaws make them excellent leaders when unfortunate disasters occur-- and also a very cost-effective solution to getting important needs met.
Our data indicate that in 2011: