Here's just a small sampling of the disasters we have responded to in the past 23 years.
Joplin, mo tornado
Year 17 (2010-2011)
At 5:41pm on Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado(winds greater than 200mph) tore a path through the heart of Joplin, MO. A large swath of the city of 49,000 residents was flattened by the destructive storm, causing an estimated $1-3 billion in damages and claiming 161 lives.
Within 2 hours of the the tornado touching down, the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team was mobilized and in the process of packing out their disaster response gear. By 9:30pm that evening they were on their way to Joplin. The teams arrived in Joplin around 2:30am and got started right away preparing to receive the thousands of volunteers expected that morning as well as establishing a call center for missing persons.