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.

You and your crew have done an exceptional job. Thank you for not only your hard work but that of all the different AmeriCorps groups that have come to Joplin to help us in our time of need. It is through your efforts that we are more rapidly able to recover from the devastation left in the wake of the May 22nd tornado. You and your volunteers should be proud of what you have helped us accomplish in such a short period of time.
— Chris Cotten Director, Joplin Parks and Recreation

HUrricane sandy, new york & new Jersey

Year 19 (2012-2013)