Disaster Response and Recovery

Sacramento Welcomes First FEMA Corps Members as They Begin 10 Months Assisting Disaster Survivors

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (All day)


AmeriCorps and FEMA Partnership Expands Nation’s Disaster Response Capacity

Sacramento, Calif.– Nearly two hundred young adults from across the nation will be sworn in as members of FEMA Corps at an induction ceremony in Sacramento today, providing a boost to the nation’s ability to assist disaster survivors while expanding career opportunities for young people.

AmeriCorps Sandy Relief Team Flies East Courtesy of Southwest Airlines

This week, nearly 100 AmeriCorps members boarded planes from Sacramento, CA, to New Jersey and New York where they will help residents affected by Hurricane Sandy rebuild homes, remove debris, and manage volunteers. Southwest Airlines' decision to donate travel to these young leaders made this deployment possible.

FEMA Corps: Expanding Opportunities for Young Adults

This post was originally published on the FEMA Blog on Dec. 21, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/18/12: 'Very Difficult and Very Sad'

When AmeriCorps NCCC member Melissa Ettman was assigned to lead a Sacramento, CA-based team to help with the Hurricane Sandy cleanup in New York and New Jersey, she was familiar with many of the areas affected by the storm. In fact, her 87-year-old grandmother onLong Island was affected by the hurricane andhad to live without electricity for a week.

AmeriCorps: Leadership, Muscle, and Hope for Sandy Recovery

As Hurricane Sandy efforts transition from emergency response to long-term recovery, AmeriCorps members are providing vital leadership in communities up and down the East Coast.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/11/12: Habitat Units Bringing Tools, Assistance

The Hurricane Sandy recovery continues with more than 1,660 national service participants deployed in response to the storm and 715 currently serving on the ground and working with the storm's victims. At this time 407 members of FEMA Corps, an AmeriCorps NCCC unit, have deployed or are being re-routed to New York and New Jersey to support FEMA Emergency Response operations in those areas.

Hurricane Sandy Digest 11/28/12: NCCC Member Reflects as Term Ends

As the Hurricane Sandy recovery continues, the Serve.gov blog will highlight some of the best stories from the field. Today we have a personal reflection from AmeriCorps NCCC member Nicole Wojcik, who is serving with team Delta 10 and staffing a donation hotline in New Jersey.

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.

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