FEMA Corps

Will the traditional NCCC track still respond to natural and other disasters?

Yes. Since it remains one of NCCC’s main project focus areas, we have a commitment to work related to disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The traditional NCCC track will still work directly with the American Red Cross, state commissions, non-profits, and faith based disaster response organizations. Potential activities include setting up and managing shelters and emergency call centers, large scale debris removal, demolition and construction, as well as leading and contributing to overall volunteer efforts.

What’s the difference between FEMA Corps and the traditional track of AmeriCorps NCCC?

The AmeriCorps NCCC program focuses on a wide variety of service and project areas including direct response and recovery to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, the federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools—members complete service projects throughout the campus region they are assigned.

How can organizations and agencies request the FEMA Corps resource?

FEMA is the only project sponsor for FEMA Corps and all service projects and work assignments will come directly from FEMA. FEMA Corps members, led by their team leaders, will at all times, work on tasks assigned and overseen by FEMA and will not be deployable in the same manner of the traditional NCCC program. The FEMA Corps members will be engaged in specific technical tasks, and deviations from these tasks will be allowed on a very limited basis only after all traditional resources have been exhausted.

Will FEMA Corps impact the funding of State Commissions, CNCS grantees, or other non-profit organizations?

All funding for the FEMA Corps comes directly from FEMA. This partnership does not take any funding away from Commissions, CNCS grantees, or other non-profit organizations. These entities will continue to be involved in disasters through the Mission Assignments and Cooperative Agreements through the CNCS Disaster Services Unit.

Is a FEMA Corps member’s work assignment considered a job for FEMA?

No. A FEMA Corps member is a national service participant and CNCS will deploy FEMA Corps teams in response to FEMA’s needs. FEMA will reinforce its current disaster workforce through the funding of this national service program. This program and partnership will strengthen and augment FEMA’s existing workforce. FEMA has a cadre of Reservists which FEMA will continue to call upon. The NCCC members will complement them.

Will this partnership duplicate existing services that the NCCC and FEMA already provide?

No. For FEMA this partnership will augment the existing Reservist program. For CNCS and the NCCC, the level of engagement within the disaster services area will increase. The 1,600-member program will not duplicate the important relief and recovery work already performed by the current NCCC program and AmeriCorps grantees through FEMA mission assignments and requests from community agencies. Members participating in the FEMA-funded FEMA Corps program will focus their efforts on tasks not currently part of the NCCC portfolio of service.

How will the FEMA Corps members obtain the skills and expertise to perform FEMA Corps assignments?

NCCC and FEMA will provide the training, experience, and educational opportunities to prepare thousands of FEMA Corps members with the skills needed to do the service with FEMA. This national service experience will also help prepare FEMA Corps members for possible careers in emergency management and related fields well beyond their term of service.

What are the qualifications for FEMA Corps members?

FEMA Corps members will:

• Work collaboratively in a team-based environment, which includes considering team needs and values at all times.

• Interact with others in a professional manner.

• Express one’s needs and be supportive to the needs of others.

• Develop respectful relationships with other people from diverse backgrounds.

• Manage and cope effectively in high-stress environments.

• Engage in effective conflict resolution and problem solving which includes the appropriate management of anger.

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