The Montana Conservation Corps announced Friday that nearly 40 of its AmeriCorps service members are headed to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
AmeriCorps members will deploy on a 30-day disaster response effort in coordination with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Partnering with local disaster managers, AmeriCorps members may be clearing fallen trees and other debris, moving sand, distributing food, coordinating volunteers and supporting other general relief efforts as they arise.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck scenario and AmeriCorps members are uniquely suited to provide immediate assistance,” said Mario Colucci, MCC regional program coordinator for Missoula, in a prepared statement. “They have a level of efficiency and skills that make them a great resource to bring stability and aid to the beleaguered people affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
MCC crews gathered Friday for deployment orders and will arrive in affected areas Saturday with tools and resources to begin work immediately.