California Conservation Corps Corpsmembers Continue Fire Response

From the California Conservation Corps

This week the California Conservation Corps has more than 600 corpsmembers -- 47 crews -- out on eight different wildfires, including the devastating Valley Fire in Lake County.

Crews are involved in fire suppression and fire camp support for Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service. There are also two crews helping displaced residents at a Red Cross shelter.

Photos: Camarillo fire crews on the Rough Fire in Fresno County

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This week the California Conservation Corps has more than 600 corpsmembers -- 47 crews -- out on eight different wildfires, including the devastating Valley Fire in Lake County.

YCC Responds to Tornado


 

On the night of Sunday, August 2nd, an EF1 tornado with wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour touched down in Lake County, IL. The storm created a path of destruction over seven miles long, prompting Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), based in Waukegan, IL, to adjust their programming schedule to offer disaster response assistance.

YCC YouthBuild members have spent the better part of this week clearing debris. Their first stop was the home of an elderly woman whose house and driveway were buried in downed trees. The crew was able to clean the property and free her car. They next offered assistance at the home of a person with disabilities. So far, the crew has touched nine homes.

“It just so happens that this is my community and these are my neighbors,” said Ben Richards, YCC Program Director. “It brought a lot together for me. I was uplifted personally by what YCC AmeriCorps can and did do.”

California Crews Dispatched to Wildfires

From the California Conservation Corps

The California Conservation Corps currently has 11 crews -- 167 corpsmembers -- assisting the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire on fires throughout the state. More crews are expected to be dispatched by the end of the week.

Corpsmembers provide initial attack on the firelines and also help with logistical support at the fire camps.
 

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The California Conservation Corps currently has 11 crews -- 167 corpsmembers -- assisting the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire on fires throughout the state. More crews are expected to be dispatched by the end of the week.

California Conservation Corps Helps with Oil Spill Cleanup

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Members of the California Conservation Corps continue their work this work cleaning up the beaches in Santa Barbara County, site of last week's pipeline spill.

The CCC crew is working under the direction of the state Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response and has been trained in hazardous material and oil spill cleanup procedures. The corpsmembers are working 12-hour days.

The CCC's work is expected to continue for several weeks.

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Members of the California Conservation Corps continue their work this work cleaning up the beaches in Santa Barbara County, site of last week's pipeline spill.

Texas Conservation Corps Sends AmeriCorps Crew to Assist with Tornado Relief

 

The AmeriCorps crew pauses for a photo prior to deployment.

From the Texas Conservation Corps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Volunteers will help the community in response to the recent EF-3 tornado

Austin, TX, May 13, 2015 – Tomorrow at 8AM, volunteers from the Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) at American YouthWorks (AYW) will deploy to the community of Van, Texas in response to the recent tornado. 

The EF-3 tornado hit on Sunday, May 10th and reportedly impacted an area 700 yards wide along a nine-mile swath. More than 100 buildings and 30% of the city were damaged with over 40 people injured and two deaths. In response to the recent, severe storms, Governor Abbott has declared a disaster for Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague, and Van Zandt counties.

TxCC is a program of AYW which has AmeriCorps volunteers on call to respond to disasters in the state of Texas and across the United States. This service is made possible through a grant from Texas' One Star Foundation. Members will deploy May 14th and will arrive in Van, Texas that same day. The team will set up a volunteer reception center which will register volunteers and assign them to help to locals affected by the disaster.  Also, the TxCC members will support the multi-agency resource center which provides help to the agencies that have come together to serve the members of the Van community. TxCC AmeriCorps members will also serve in a direct capacity, helping to remove debris, managing donations, and otherwise assisting residents.

With TxCC's help, the volunteer reception center is scheduled to open this weekend. Those who are interested in volunteering or donating to the affected community should visit VolunteerTX.org to learn more and register.

About American YouthWorks and Texas Conservation Corps

AYW provides young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others. TxCC is an AmeriCorps service program at AYW, which, for nearly 20 years, has focused on developing leaders in conservation and emergency management and provided critical support to improve parks and preserves.

Each year the program engages over 100 diverse youth and young adults  in critical, hands-on conservation and disaster service projects, giving participants the skills and opportunities to solve real life community and environmental problems. From right here in Austin to the Alaskan bush, TxCC has served thousands of individuals in disasters and helped numerous communities recover. The program has responded to disasters such as the Central Texas Wildfires, the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the floods in east Austin, and Hurricane Sandy.

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Volunteers from the Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) at American YouthWorks (AYW) are deploying to the community of Van, Texas in response to the recent tornado. The EF-3 tornado hit on Sunday, May 10th and reportedly impacted an area 700 yards wide along a nine-mile swath. More than 100 buildings and 30% of the city were damaged with over 40 people injured and two deaths. In response to the recent, severe storms, Governor Abbott has declared a disaster for Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague, and Van Zandt counties.

Sequoia Community Corps Helps Deliver Water to Drought Affected Households

Corpsmembers and Senior Center staff load water in East Porterville (photo originally published in The LA Times).

From Sequoia Community Corps' Newsletter

Partnering with the Tulare County Fire Department, fourteen Corpsmembers and five CSET Senior Services staff helped deliver over 15,500 1-gallon water containers to approximately 300 drought affected households in East Porterville. The community is one of the hardest hit areas after declaration of the drought in Tulare County.

Approximately 500 homes reported being out of water after a survey was conducted in September. With dry wells and cost-prohibitive contracting fees, many families cannot afford to dig deeper wells to compensate for the lack of water.

CSET and other local agencies are coordinating relief efforts to ease the stress and provide support to the East Porterville community. The volunteer efforts of Corpsmembers and Senior Center staff were greatly appreciated, and were highlighted in The LA Times. Visit this link to check out the article!

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Partnering with the Tulare County Fire Department, fourteen Corpsmembers and ve CSET Senior Services staff helped deliver over 15,500 1-gallon water containers to approximately 300 drought affected households in East Porterville. The community is one of the hardest hit areas after declaration of the drought in Tulare County.

More Than 400 Corpsmembers On California Wildfires

Corpsmembers on the Bald Fire in the Lassen National Forest.

From the California Conservation Corps

The California Conservation Corps continues its fire response efforts, with 411 corpsmembers -- 31 crews -- assisting Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service throughout the state.

The largest contingent is on the Lodge Fire in Mendocino County.  In Southern California, CCC crews are providing logistical support on the Tecolote Fire in the Angeles National Forest.  Corpsmembers are also working on seven other wildfires. The crews are from 18 CCC locations throughout California and are providing both logistical support and initial attack on the firelines. 

The CCC, one of the state's premier emergency response forces, has provided more than 100,000 hours of fire response work on 45 different fires since July 1. Crews from every CCC center have been called out.

CCC Crews Dispatched to Southern California Fires

A CCC fire crew on the Miguelito Fire in Santa Barbara County.  Photo by CCC crew supervisor Jeremy Day.

Story provided by the California Conservation Corps.

A dozen crews from the California Conservation Corps  -- 170 corpsmembers -- are helping to combat the wildfires in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.

CCC crews from Los Angeles, Pomona, San Diego and San Bernardino are assisting with logistical support at fire camps in San Diego County.  Crews are working for both Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service; they are assigned to the Bernardo and Tomahawk fires among other locations.

In Santa Barbara County, Camarillo and San Luis Obispo corpsmembers are helping with both initial attack efforts and camp support on the Miguelito Fire.

Additional CCC crews stand ready to assist where needed.

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A dozen crews from the California Conservation Corps -- 170 corpsmembers -- are helping to combat the wildfires in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.

Washington Conservation Corps Assisting with Disaster Relief Operations following Washington Landslide and Flooding

Following the Oso landslide, Washington Conservation Corps has deployed 7 AmeriCorps crews to assist with a variety of tasks, including logistical and facilities support, as well as mapping. We thank them for representing the Corps Movement and National Service so well under these tragic circumstances.

For more information, photos, and updates, please check their Facebook page.

20 Years Ago—The Northridge California Earthquake & the California Conservation Corps

Corpsmembers dismantling a cracked chimney in Santa Clarita.

On January 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Northridge, shook Southern California.  Within hours, the California Conservation Corps began to mobilize, and had its first crews helping with cleanup work the very next day.

During the peak of the CCC's efforts, more than 500 corpsmembers were dispatched.  They assisted with water distribution, tent cities, Disaster Application Centers, and general debris cleanup, including the dismantling of 315 damaged chimneys.  Oil-spill trained corpsmembers were also needed as the earthquake caused an oil pipeline to rupture.

Several months later, after 170,000 hours of work, the CCC set up its Northridge Earthquake Recovery Corps, funded through the Job Training Partnership Act.  Two hundred local young people were hired from the areas impacted by the quake.

Story Provided by the Charming Staff of the California Conservation Corps

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On January 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Northridge, shook Southern California. Within hours, the California Conservation Corps began to mobilize, and had its first crews helping with cleanup work the very next day.

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