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Emergency Response Team – Safety Service Corps
Change your world, change your life! Spend a year assisting disaster affected communities, fighting wildfires, and conserving natural resources with a team of young people committed to making a difference. In our country the frequency of natural disasters has doubled in the last decade, and the threat of man-made disasters has increased; yet, most citizens are still unprepared when disaster strikes.
The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team (ERT) is making real advances in both disaster preparedness and response. The ERT is a multi-functional rapid deployment group that has been called out nationally to floods, NASA search and rescue, ice storms, terrorist attacks, tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes. When not involved in disaster response or preparedness activities, the ERT assists the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and other natural resource projects.
All ERT Corps Members will receive an intensive orientation including: physical conditioning, team building and leadership skills, introduction to disaster services, operations in hazardous environments, supporting people in crisis, risk management approaches, Incident Command System, emergency communications, and basic emergency medical care. For nearly two decades, AmeriCorps St. Louis has a proven history of providing highly successful programs, partnerships, and trainings, making it a model to other programs around the state and country. ERT operates in conjunction with the AmeriCorps St. Louis Education Corps and together have 80 Members who come from all over the country to create our tightly knit community.
Members of the Emergency Response Team must be in excellent physical condition, including being able to pass the “pack test,” a 3 mile walk with a 45 lbs pack completed in under 45 minutes. Members must have the ability to function as supportive and dependable teammates, even in times of extreme stress and adversity. A love for the outdoors is a must as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living in community and often sleeping in rustic conditions.
On any given day, an AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Member could:
- Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
- Restore Missouri forests and rivers
- Participate as an emergency responder to forest fires
- Use GPS mapping equipment to create guides to Missouri trails
City-Wide Service Team
Change your world, change your life! Spend a year raising awareness of and support for community service throughout the city of St. Louis. Members serve on a 3 person team in Mayor Francis Slay’s office, alongside his staff, to promote various city-wide service projects to engage local community volunteers and current AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) Members.
Coordinate and facilitate on-going projects such as our Emergency Warming Shelter. Organize and implement annual service days, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, St. Louis Serves Day, and Make a Difference Day. Or create and organize a new service day or project for community volunteers and other ACSTL Members.
In a typical year, a CST Member will give food and shelter to hundreds of homeless people, connect hundreds of volunteers to local non-profits, and organize at least 3 city-wide days of service. Members are involved in all aspects of these projects: organization and implementation, promotion and public relations, and volunteer recruitment and coordination. Members may also assist with certain outreach tasks, such as maintaining the ACSTL website, fundraising, and general PR for ACSTL.
Members will spend the first 2-3 weeks of their term being trained by an outgoing CST Member on both the general, “big picture” expectations of their term, as well as the day-to-day procedures at both the Mayor’s Office and ACSTL Office.
Throughout their term, Members will be supported and supervised by a liaison from the Mayor’s Office, as well the ACSTL Program Coordinator. CST Members should be self-motivating, enthusiastic, and flexible. Members will also be First Aid and CPR/AED certified.
On any given day, a City-Wide Service Member could be:
- Serving homeless Guests during our Emergency Warming Shelter.
- Connecting with organizations throughout St. Louis to develop service projects.
- Working with the Mayor’s Office to coordinate a large-scale Day of Service.
- Serving with the Leadership Team to train other Corps Members for CST events.