FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Primary Contact: Bruce Bailey 9/12/2012 Alt Contact: Abby Simons
AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Deploys to Gulf Coast for Isaac Response
ST. JOHN’S PARISH, LOUSIANA -- The AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) Emergency Response Team will deploy to the Gulf Coast to provide leadership and disaster training in Louisiana in response to Hurricane Isaac.
A team of six will deploy from the ACSTL office in Soulard Wednesday, September 12 and head south to the community of St. John’s Parish, Louisiana west of New Orleans where they will serve for approximately one month. These local AmeriCorps members will provide support for a volunteer reception center and homeowner call center.
The ACSTL Emergency Response Team will join more than 275 National Service members previously deployed to aid in the response and recovery of the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
ACSTL’s response in Joplin, Missouri after the May 2011 Tornado received national recognition including the Corporation for National and Community Service’s 2012 National Service Award for Disaster Services, as well as requests to conduct disaster trainings across the United States.
To learn more contact (314) 772-9002 or visit www.americorps-stl.org/hurricane-isaac
About AmeriCorps St. Louis: AmeriCorps St. Louis is a non-profit which utilizes donated resources to address critical unmet needs in the areas of education, disaster services and environmental stewardship. Since 1994, the Emergency Response Team has assisted over 30 states, by quickly responding to underserved and overwhelmed disaster-affected communities – leveraging coordinated volunteers and assisting emergency management and disaster relief organizations to address immediate needs and develop an enhanced capacity to recover, especially for vulnerable populations. AmeriCorps St. Louis played a major role in past disaster responses within the Joplin, Missouri tornado and Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas. When not involved in disaster response, the ERT conducts community preparedness projects and undertakes natural resource stewardship projects to benefit the environment.