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FEMA Corps: Making a Difference When it Matters Most

Just two years ago FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps NCCC program launched a unique program called FEMA Corps. FEMA Corps provides Americans, age 18-24, with an opportunity to help people recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, FEMA Corps members are on the ground, working hand-in-hand with FEMA to coordinate disaster response.

FEMA Corps First Year Shaped by Sandy

"In the month and a half my team was in New York, the progress I witnessed was absolutely incredible. Although we all were frequently exhausted by the various assignments we had been given each day, it truly makes it all worth it when you can step back and realize that you've played even a small part in such a huge recovery effort.” – FEMA Corps member Elizabeth McSherry.

FEMA Corps Member Brings Sandy's Lessons to White House

The chance to get in on the ground floor and build something new attracted recent college grad Ben Barron to the FEMA Corps AmeriCorps NCCC unit. Last fall his class went to work with the Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery effort in New York, where he learned a lot about himself and the strength of the human spirit.

Hundreds of National Service Members Join Sandy Recovery Efforts

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced that approximately 936 national service members have been deployed to seven states affected by Hurricane Sandy, with 855 additional individuals on standby for assignments in the hardest-hit areas.

10 Post-Hurricane Safety Tips

When it comes to massive storms like Hurricane Sandy, many dangers remain long after the weather event has dissipated. Some areas far from the front lines of the devastation won't make headlines but will continue to feel the storm's effects for some time to come. Be aware of potential hazards and consider these tips adapted from FEMA's Ready.gov website for post-hurricane safety.

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.

Nation's First FEMA Corps Members Sworn In to Begin Disaster Response Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 (All day)

Vicksburg, Miss.- A historic new collaboration between two federal agencies to strengthen the nation's disaster response capabilities was launched today as the nation's first 240 FEMA Corps members were sworn into service at an induction ceremony in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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

New FEMA-AmeriCorps Partnership Strengthens Response, Recovery Efforts Following Disasters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (All day)

Washington, D.C. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an innovative new partnership designed to continue to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people.

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