On September 9, the Department of Homeland Security requested assistance from all federal agencies in the activation of DHS’s Surge Capacity Force. The Peace Corps was asked to send volunteers from among our employees to mobilize immediately and serve for 45 days in hurricane affected areas. The agency moved swiftly and eleven individuals were identified and mobilized immediately. Four more volunteers from headquarters — Melissa Howe-Boudrye, Thomas Geraghty, Colin Jones, and Rachel Teter — are expected to deploy in the next few days.
Please join us in saluting those already in the field: Tiffany Tai, Ashanty Cruz, Lori Frola, Angela Hamilton, Elyssa Musaraca, Sarah Timpy, Nicholas Leichliter, Bhoj Rai, Dylan Bilbao, Stephanie Wade, and Jason Steele — Peace Corps staff members who volunteered to deploy immediately to regions affected by the recent storms, and help ensure that survivors receive the resources and assistance they urgently require. They will engage directly with disaster survivors, helping them to navigate available programs and apply for federal disaster assistance.
To our Surge Capacity Force team members: we are proud of each and every one of you for volunteering to serve, and we know you will represent the Peace Corps well. Thank you, on behalf of the agency, for your service.