300 from AmeriCorps off to Sandy work

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2012

About 300 AmeriCorps and FEMA Corps volunteers from the AmeriCorps NCCC’s Southern Region campus in Vicksburg have been deployed to respond to Superstorm Sandy.

From Vicksburg, 87 AmeriCorps members and 208 FEMA Corps members were sent to work at sites across New York, New Jersey and other affected states.

Sandy made landfall in New Jersey Oct. 29, killing more than 100 people, causing millions of dollars in damages and knocking out power for much of the Northeast.

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AmeriCorps volunteers are working on supporting shelters, operating warehouses and running volunteer call centers, NCCC spokeswoman Erica Roberts said. FEMA Corps volunteers are working in the New York City area in shelters and neighborhoods and working one-on-one with survivors, Roberts said.

The nation’s first 231 FEMA Corps volunteers were inducted in Vicksburg in September. The group is specially trained in disaster response.