National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Digest, 11/9/12

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As the recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy continue, the Corporation for National and Community Service will publish a periodic digest of news items that underscore the response of national service participants across the nation.

As of Nov. 8, more than 968 national service members have deployed and are serving in disaster-affected communities, with 855 on standby. Visit this page regularly to see the latest updates.

FEMA Corps member John Styles carries a box of donated clothes to be sorted at Union Beach Memorial Middle School in New Jersey on November 6, 2012. Residents here have opened up their hearts and donations have been flooding the drop-off sites. (Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA)

A Week After Hurricane Sandy, Students Step Up Their Relief Work
The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 7, 2012
Landmark College, a two-year institution in Putney, VT, for students with learning disabilities, has been busy planning community-outreach programs. "I had students coming up to me asking, 'Hey, can we do anything? How will we be able to give back?' I was blown away," said Meghan R. Benzel, an alumna and volunteer coordinator with AmeriCorps. "Before I could plan anything, they were already coming to me with ideas."

Alton Volunteer, Emergency Response Vehicle Go for Sandy Relief
Alton Telegraph (Illiniois), November 5, 2012
An AmeriCorps volunteer based at the American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter went to volunteer with other U.S. chapters for Hurricane Sandy relief. Renee Schaefer, of the Alton chapter, left Thursday to work with a chapter in Northern New Jersey to help with sheltering. The American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter helped send the Alton volunteer and also sent an emergency response vehicle to aid in the relief efforts involving Hurricane Sandy.

In Sandy's Wake, One Garret Co. Town Reduced to a Fire Hall and a Diner
Southern Maryland Online (Maryland), November 4, 2012
Julia Sines was grateful for the extra food on hand. She also commended the AmeriCorps Red Cross volunteers who were dispatched to the shelter Wednesday. “They are wonderful, oh my goodness,” Sines said.

MCC Deploys AmeriCorps Members for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana), November 3, 2012
The Montana Conservation Corps announced Friday that nearly 40 of its AmeriCorps service members are headed to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. AmeriCorps members will deploy on a 30-day disaster response effort in coordination with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was destroyed by fierce winds that hit during Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA)

Local Red Cross Mobilized for Hurricane Sandy Relief
KOLO-TV - Online (Nevada), November 3, 2012
"...we're getting so many donations by people who are driving by with checks, money and the high quantity and volume blows me away," said Tomas Prower of AmeriCorps for the American Red Cross. On Saturday an emergency response vehicle will head east in order to help.

Local Conservation Team Heads to NYC
The Wenatchee World Online (Washington), November 3, 2012
A six-member AmeriCorps team from Wenatchee is one of eight conservation teams sent to New York City to assist with recovery from damage left by Hurricane Sandy. The eight six-member teams are part of AmeriCorps' Washington Conservation Corps and are trained in building trails, planting trees and recovery from floods, fires and other natural disasters.

FEMA Volunteers Descend on Hoboken After Hurricane Sandy
NJ.com (New Jersey), November 2, 2012
In a joint venture between AmeriCorps and FEMA, an 11-person team is in the Mile Square City distributing flyers and information to residents on how to register with the Federal agency.

Local Residents Deployed to Provide Disaster Relief
SW Iowa News (Iowa), November 2, 2012
AmeriCorps worker Angela Day and experienced American Red Cross volunteers Sue Bintz and Sam Irwin, all of Council Bluffs, were sent to Charleston, W.Va., to help operate emergency shelters there, said Jill Orton, executive director of the American Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter. “I am excited,” Day said. “It means something personally, because we have extended family there; and it means something professionally, because this is my field.”

DOD, FEMA, Other Agencies Aid Storm-Affected Areas
American Forces Press Service, November 1, 2012
Currently, more than 1,900 FEMA personnel are working to support Hurricane Sandy disaster response and recovery operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support, according to the FEMA release. In addition, 28 teams comprised of 294 FEMA Corps members are onsite to provide aid and support.

Hadlock Crew to Help with Sandy Recovery
Peninsula Daily News (Washington), November 1, 2012
These six Corps members comprise just one of eight six-member teams dispatched by the state Department of Ecology at the request of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, Ecology Communication Manager Curt Hart said Wednesday. The 48 total crew members, who also come from Ellensburg, Seattle, Wenatchee and Yakima, have set off from Ellensburg by road in eight separate trucks and should arrive in New York City by Saturday, Hart said.

Red Cross Working to Feed Those Impacted by Sandy
WVVA (West Virginia), November 1, 2012
Areas of West Virginia are still without power and food supplies are running low. The American Red Cross is sending crews in Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) to provide mobile feeding for communities in Boone, Nicholas and Tucker counties. The ERVs will have food and water for individuals and families and will assess the needs of the communities recovering from the storm. The Red Cross continues to work with volunteer partner agencies, such as the Dream Center, FEMA AmeriCorps, Southern Baptist Convention, World Vision, and others who have offered assistance to hard hit communities.

Recovery Begins From Jersey Girl Sandy
The NonProfit Times, October 31, 2012
“People are in transit,” including 63 AmeriCorps members en route to New York, said Samantha Warfield. She said that volunteers are from AmeriCorps state and national programs, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), FEMA Corps, and Senior Corps.

American Red Cross South Florida Region Sending Support to Northeast
CBS Miami (Florida), October 30, 2012
Volunteers and AmeriCorps (members) of the American Red Cross South Florida Region are heading north to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

FEMA and Federal Partners Continue to Mobilize Resources and Urge Residents to Make Final Preparations for Sandy
E News Park Forest (Illinois), October 29, 2012
Currently, more than 1,500 FEMA personnel are positioned along the East Coast working to support disaster preparedness and response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support. In addition, 28 teams comprised of 294 FEMA Corps members are pre-staged to support Sandy.

New FEMA Corps Ready to Help With 'Superstorm'
US Government Info-About.com, October 29, 2012
After being sworn in on Sept. 13, the first 240 members of the brand new FEMA Corps will be ready to help out with response and recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy, the potential "superstorm" now threatening the East Coast.

Mid-Michigan Looks to Help East Coast as Sandy Approaches
WILX (Michigan), October 29, 2012
"You hear people's stories about how they might have had to swim out of their homes because the water is so deep," said Christina Zinkel, who works with the Red Cross through AmeriCorps. "Hopefully, it doesn't get that bad."

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