FEMA Corps

FEMA Corps Graduates First AmeriCorps Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 (All day)

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – After completing 10 months of service to disaster survivors around the country, the nation’s first class of FEMA Corps members will be honored at graduation ceremonies in Vicksburg, Miss., and Vinton, Iowa, this month.

FEMA Corps is an innovative partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to enhance the nation’s disaster response and recovery capacity while expanding career opportunities for young people.

FEMA Corps members assisting with disaster clean-up.So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes…And what they can be certain of is that Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them, opening our homes, our hearts to those in need.  Because we're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program Fact Sheet

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Why are CNCS and FEMA offering this FEMA Corps track?

As an easily deployable, highly motivated and energized corps of young people, AmeriCorps NCCC has been a vital support system for communities across America in times of natural disaster and with FEMA Corps we hope to expand our impact to all communities in these times of need. With the help of FEMA and an increase of 1,600 additional corps members we can greatly increase our level of support and strengthen the nation’s disaster response capacity.

Can I apply for more than one AmeriCorps NCCC track?

Yes. You can use the same application to apply to FEMA Corps and AmeriCorps NCCC as a Team Leader or corps member. Simply search listings for AmeriCorps NCCC, and click on each listing to select “Apply Now” for each opportunity that interests you. If you do not submit your application to a specific listing or position, your application will not be considered, so be sure to select “Apply Now” for each listing. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission.

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.

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