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FEMA Corps

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/4/12: Don't Forget the Storm's Victims

Even though there are plenty of distractions around the holiday season, let's not forget the victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still reassembling their lives in the storm's aftermath. The Corporation for National and Community Service joins other federal and national agencies in the recovery effort with a commitment that's used by our Disaster Services Unit: “You can count on us to respond fast and stay last.”

A Brief Timeline of National Service History

Did you know that some of the programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) banner have been in existence for nearly 50 years? We've created a new national service timeline to show how we got to where we are today.

CNCS programs have a lengthy track record of promoting the culture of citizen service that helps meet needs in communities across the nation. And through this service, our volunteers and members gain career and educational opportunities and build character that influences the remainder of their lives.

National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Digest 11/21/12

As the Hurricane Sandy recovery continues, more stories are starting to come in about our national service members' experiences in the field. Whether they traveled across the country to affected areas or collected much-needed items far from the storm's path, their work continues to inspire.

As of Monday, November 19, nearly 1,300 national service participants have been deployed to assist with the Hurricane Sandy response with approximately 1,049 currently serving in disaster-affected areas.

Partnerships for Recovery: Coming Together During Crisis

Last week, I led a delegation to New York and New Jersey to visit sites providing disaster assistance to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Throughout the day, we were joined by local elected officials who are working hard to meet the needs of their communities. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, New Jersey Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), and New York City Councilman Brad Lander each joined us for a portion of the day.

President Obama Meets FEMA Corps Members During Staten Island Visit

President Obama visited with members of FEMA Corps, a unit of AmeriCorps NCCC, during his November 15 trip to survey the Hurricane Sandy damage in Staten Island, NY. A small contingent of the 428 FEMA Corps members currently serving in New York and New Jersey met the President at a Staten Island Disaster Recovery Center as the scene was broadcast across the nation.

National Service in the News: Hurricane Sandy Update 11/15/12

The work continues on the Hurricane Sandy recovery front in New York, New Jersey, and across the Northeast as approximately 1,200 national service members have been deployed in response to the storm. Read on to see some of the stories about service and volunteerism in the superstorm's wake.

If you are looking for ways to help with the relief effort, visit our Hurricane Sandy Reponse page.

Remember, Honor, Serve – Veterans Unite to Help Fellow Citizens in Need on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, thousands of veterans around the country will spend their time doing what they know how to do best: serve others selflessly.

Americans across the country can join their fellow veterans by volunteering at community service projects, which can be found on Serve.gov, President Obama's National Call to Service, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Sandy Update: Staying Safe and How to Help

The following post was originally published on the FEMA blog on October 30, 2012.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. While the worst of the weather is beyond some areas on the East Coast, Sandy remains a very large storm system that continues to pose life-threatening hazards for coastal and inland areas including high winds, heavy rains, dangerous storm surge and flash flooding, and snow and cold weather hazards in some areas.

Ways to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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National Service Update on Hurricane Sandy - 11/2/2012, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, November 2, 9:30 a.m.:

An additional 112 AmeriCorps members have deployed as part of the CNCS reponse to Hurricane Sandy, bringing the total of national service members on the ground to 877. These members are serving in six states and include the 41 FEMA Corps teams previously deployed. An additional 900 members standby for deployment.

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