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AmeriCorps and State Service Commissions in Disaster A Priceless Partner with FEMA and Emergency Management Stakeholders

Jono Anzalone – Regional Voluntary Agency Liaison, FEMA Region VII

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AmeriCorps and State Service Commissions in Disaster? Telling a story that will answer the question…

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It all started with a little snow‌


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And don’t forget…

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Plus…

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Equals…

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Then Joplin…

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Then Joplin…

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Summary of Events – DR1980  April 19, 2011- Flooding Begins on Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and Tributaries  April 22, 2011- EF4 tornado in Bridgeton, MO (St. Louis County)  Several hundred homes and businesses damaged including St. Louis airport  1,561 Individual Assistance registrations received  No fatalities reported  April 25, 2011- Branson, MO flooding due to heavy rains  Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo flood submerging numerous homes in 7 to 8 feet of water

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Summary of Events cont.  April 26, 2011- Poplar Bluff, MO levee failure  Levee along the Black River fails  1000 people evacuated and 500 homes damaged  May 2 thru 22, 2011- Flood fighting operations well underway  May 2- Bird’s Point/New Madrid Floodway activated  100 homes damaged  130,000 acres of farmland is flooded

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Summary of Events cont.  May 20- Morehouse, MO Task Force deployment ordered  Little River Drainage District overwhelmed by heavy rains  90 homes flooded and 200 people displaced  May 22, 2011- An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, MO area (Jasper and Newton counties and the city of Duquesne)  May 25, 2011- EF2 tornado in Sedalia, MO (Pettis County)  22 injuries  25 homes with significant damage  Missed the hospital

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Joplin Tornado  May 22, 2011- An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, MO  22.1 Miles long and up to 1 mile wide  4,380 homes destroyed/major and 3,884 homes minor/affected  162 fatalities and 1,371 injuries (injuries in first 5 days)  560 business/government facilities damaged  Two fire stations  12 Schools  St. John’s Hospital (355 beds)

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Inter Agency Coordination & Asset Movement  ESF’s 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15 and Region VII DCE activated  Search and Rescue  Impressive use of Mutual Aid / EMAC  400-500 Search and Rescue workers (includes non-certified team members)  Voluntary Organizations  Missouri VOAD  Local COAD  And…

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Coordination & Asset Movement  Pet Sheltering (ESF-11)  APHIS coordination - partnership with ASPCA and city of Joplin Humane Society  Supported the return of 823 pets to their owners  Joplin Adoption Fair –  739 Pets (100 %) were adopted in first day  Other pets were brought from surrounding areas  Over 5000 potential adopters  Organized volunteer effort - Veterinarians, shelter workers, etc.

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Coordination & Asset Movement  Voluntary Organizations  Shelter  Feeding  Childcare  Clothing and commodity distribution  Household items  Counseling  ARC Safe and Well System deployment  Debris Removal and cleanup

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Why AmeriCorps and State Commissions as Partners? AmeriCorps and the State Commission was the glue!  Putting together  Understanding local needs  Flexible  High impact / low cost

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How do you make sure there are no gaps in the jar???

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Coordination & Asset Movement Missouri State Commission and Americorps St. Louis VOLUNTEER and DONATIONS MANAGEMENT! • FEMA Mission Assignments • Direct Federal Assistance (DFA) • Other Federal Assistance (OFA)

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Who’s counting? 72,504 Total Volunteers Registered in Database: 2,176 Total Number of Groups (various sizes) in Database: 497,146 Total Volunteer Hours via VRC: 760,200 Total Volunteer Hours in Joplin: 2,810 Total Requests for Homeowner Assistance 2,287 Requests have been completed Estimated $17,500,000 + in value to the community As of March 2012

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Coordination started before the disaster….  State Commission and AmeriCorps long standing history both within State Emergency Management and relationship with FEMA Region VII  Planning, exercising and training  Part of Missouri VOAD, Governors Partnership and Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan  Part of FEMA Region VII All Hazards Plan  Speed dial 

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Think Whole Community… Think AmeriCorps and State Commissions Jono Anzalone FEMA Region VII Voluntary Agency Liaison Jono.anzalone@fema.dhs.gov 816-283-7078

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