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Disaster Corps history


Nadine Boone, Disaster Corps Volunteer, on a Habitat build site during the 2011 training.


2005: Disaster Corps Legacy Leadership Initiative

  • The first component of the Disaster Corps program.
  • A partnership with the University of Maryland’s Center on Aging and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
  • Engaged baby boomers in disaster recovery efforts in the U.S. Gulf Coast region affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Ninety five Disaster Corps Legacy Leaders were trained to serve on behalf of Habitat to provide vital assistance to disaster-affected Gulf Coast affiliates.

2008: “TRAIN, BUILD, JOIN” Week

  • One hundred fifteen leaders from United States Habitat affiliates were trained in disaster preparedness, assessment and recovery planning, and the psychology of disaster.
  • Participants also helped build eight houses with Habitat of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to aid its recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

2011: CNCS Skilled Service in the Gulf

  • Disaster Corps received a grant from CNCS to train and deploy new and existing volunteers throughout the Gulf Coast region to continue long-term recovery activities.
  • Fifty eight participants completed Disaster Corps training and certification in disaster assessment, disaster preparedness planning, affiliate capacity building and managing volunteers on a construction site.
  • Participants were deployed throughout the Gulf Coast region for disaster preparedness initiatives and long-term recovery.