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FEMA Corps Information

What is FEMA Corps?

AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps is a program track that prepares members for careers in emergency management and related fields, by providing relevant training and experience. FEMA Corps members are a vital support system for communities across America in times of natural disaster and strengthen the nation’s disaster response capacity.

FEMA Corps is a full-time, team-based, residential service program for young adults, age 18–24, and operates under the same campus structure as AmeriCorps NCCC. 

FEMA Corps members receive the same benefits as Traditional track members. For a full list of benefits, see Member Benefits section.

Disaster Focused

FEMA Corps service focuses solely on disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Disaster relief efforts are based on community needs, so members may serve within the campus region or in other regions throughout the country. FEMA service areas include logistics, disaster survivor assistance, individual and public assistance, and recovery. FEMA Corps members provide support in varying capacities including, but not limited to, direct assistance for disaster survivors, disaster recovery center operation and disaster preparedness education.

NCCC Traditional Disaster Response

Disaster Response is also a project area for NCCC Traditional track. The difference is in the nature of the work. FEMA Corps fulfills a supportive and administrative role, while NCCC Traditional conducts direct service with organizations like the American Red Cross, state commissions, non-profits and faith based disaster response organizations.

Apply to FEMA Corps

This page shows all open opportunities to serve in FEMA Corps, for both Team Leaders and Corps Members.

Special Conditions

An individual must be a U.S. citizen to serve in FEMA Corps.  Please note: an individual may serve in AmeriCorps NCCC Traditional if he or she is a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.

Federal Background Investigation

Once an applicant becomes a member, a federal background investigation is conducted, which includes a detailed inquiry of member work history, residence history and education history. Additionally, members are asked about illegal drug use and criminal activity. A list of sample preliminary questions is available here. The investigation is conducted on behalf of FEMA by the Office of Personnel Management.

Members are encouraged to be honest during the investigation. Intentional dishonesty may result in an unfavorable determination and early release from FEMA Corps. Each member can expect an in-person interview with an investigator. The interview serves as an opportunity to collect clarifying information for responses given in the initial questionnaire.

If FEMA identifies an issue that requires early release from FEMA Corps, the member involved can respond to the stated reasons for the determination. The member is sent a letter from FEMA explaining the basis for the unsuitability and the member is given 30 days to respond. Once a response is received, FEMA makes a final determination. If FEMA determines that an identified issue puts FEMA facilities and IT systems at high risk the involved member can be released without the option to respond. Members are rarely released due to background investigation issues.

Note on Past Drug use:

A recent history of illegal drug use may warrant early release from FEMA Corps. In making a suitability determination, FEMA considers the circumstances of use, the frequency of use, and the amount of time since last use. FEMA does not permit members to use facilities and systems if they do not pass the background investigation. Use of illegal drugs is a criminal act and engaging in any criminal activity is a factor considered in making a determination regarding an individual’s suitability for access to sensitive information.

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