In Disasters, Colleges Take On New Mission: Providing Shelter and Aid

In Disasters, Communities Turn to Campuses for Help 1

Volunteers from several CUNY campuses carted away debris from homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

It was a beautiful afternoon in May 2011, and Richard Miller had just gotten the charcoal started for his Sunday-afternoon cookout when he saw the black storm cloud approaching from the west. He thought he should maybe take seriously the warning sirens he had been hearing.

He, his wife, and their two daughters hustled into a bedroom closet just as the tornado hit their neighborhood in Joplin, Mo. "Before I could sit down, we heard the house starting to rip apart," says Mr.