AmeriCorps Flood Recovery Mission Assignment Completed

Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2019

Contact: Betsy Shelton

Volunteer Iowa

betsy.shelton@iowaeda.com

515.348.6228/ 800.308.5987

AmeriCorps Flood Recovery Mission Assignment Completed

Volunteers Still Needed to Assist with Recovery Efforts

Des Moines, Iowa – AmeriCorps, in conjunction with Volunteer Iowa, deployed multiple AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members and staff to assist with flood recovery and clean up in Fremont and Mills Counties in Southwest Iowa. The Mission Assignment began on April 1, 2019, following the President’s approval of a Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa.

The teams provided support to the communities impacted by the flood by mucking and gutting homes and business, managing volunteers and donations, providing needs assessments, removing disaster debris, and guiding homeowners to resources available to flood survivors.

From April 1, 2019 to August 10, 2019, the length of the Mission Assignment, A-DRT accomplishments included:

  • 130 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team members and staff deployed
  • 25,161 total hours served by members and staff
  • 93 homes mucked/gutted
  • 134 damage assessments completed
  • 38 homes provided with mold suppression
  • 874,061 pounds of donations collected and/or distributed
  • 632 volunteers registered and supervised
  • 5,233 volunteer hours leveraged
  • 680 survivors assisted

“I am grateful to the AmeriCorps team for providing assistance to Iowans in need following the historic flooding in Mills and Fremont counties,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “Their Disaster Response Team provided critical on the ground support in the early stages of the recovery process. Years from now, when our communities have fully recovered, we will look back with pride on the great work of AmeriCorps and all those involved in the rebuilding efforts.”

The FEMA Mission Assignment for AmeriCorps-Disaster Response Teams ended August 10, as recovery transitions into long-term needs and focus. Habitat for Humanity of Iowa, a local AmeriCorps program, will continue to support the Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRG) in Mills and Fremont counties. Starting Monday, August 16, you can reach the LTRG by phone (Mondays only) at 515-444-2444 or by email at westerniowafloodresponse2019@gmail.com if you still need assistance or want to volunteer to help. While A-DRT will no longer be serving in Mills and Fremont Counties under the mission assignment, that does not mean the flood recovery has come to an end. Alternatively, you can visit http://volunteeriowa.galaxydigital.com/ to sign up to volunteer. Volunteers will be needed in the months ahead during the long-term recovery process.

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