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About the WCC Program

In the past decade, WCC crews have responded to tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and oil spills. 

Crews have undertaken a wide variety of response actions, including cutting and removing trees, brush and other hazards, operating shelters; and cleaning up damaged homes and buildings. 

The WCC was established in 1983 as a program for unemployed or underemployed young adults. In 1994, the WCC received federal AmeriCorps funding and, in recent years, expanded to more than 35 locations across the state.

The WCC’s AmeriCorps members are young adults, including recently returned military veterans. Members receive job training, help restore and protect Washington’s environment, offer environmental education and volunteer opportunities for thousands of Washingtonians, and provide direct assistance to citizens of our state and across the nation during floods, fires, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

WCC members and staff have attended various trainings, including wild land firefighting, search and rescue, and flood and hazardous material response. 

Young adults who complete a year of WCC service earn state minimum wage for hourly work and a $5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award that they can use for repaying student loans or toward future tuition expenses.

More about tsunami debris: 

• Anyone encountering oil or hazardous materials on Washington beaches should call 1-800-OILS-911. 

• Widely scattered debris has been arriving intermittently along Pacific Northwest shorelines. For more information, go to NOAA’s marine debris website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/

• NOAA is actively collecting information about tsunami debris and asks the public to report debris sightings to disasterdebris@noaa.gov

• The Washington Department of Ecology has been distributing information about what to do when encountering tsunami debris. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2012/itn01_debris.html

• Washington Department of Health believes it is highly unlikely any tsunami debris is radioactive. More at www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/FukushimaUpdate/TsunamiDebrisFAQ.aspx

• It is possible that containers with hazardous materials such as oil drums or fuel canisters will wash ashore. Don’t touch or try to remove the items. Call both the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and state Military Department Emergency Management Division at 1-800-OILS-911 (1-800-258-5990).

• If boaters encounter large debris item still in the water, call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

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