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.
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.
It will complement and expand the NCCC engagement in communities across the country by partnering through FEMA with community organizations and providing immediate assistance after a disaster strikes. It will also increase by 1,600 members and provide the opportunity for young Americans to serve their fellow citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEMA Corps is marketed as a division within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
CNCS will deploy FEMA Corps members in teams directly in response to FEMA requests for deployment and in accordance with NCCC procedures. FEMA Corps members will serve on work assignments from FEMA. FEMA Corps Team Leaders will be responsible for the supervision of FEMA Corps members on FEMA assignments.
The projects on which FEMA Corps teams serve vary depending on where the need is, but some examples of what teams have done in the past include: