By Kate Raftery
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. Members go house-to-house, enrolling people in FEMA benefits. They run disaster recovery centers, manage food and supplies, assess damages, and work with members of the community to support survivors.
As director of AmeriCorps NCCC, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of FEMA Corps members. I have met members on the beaches of New Jersey and New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I have traveled to Colorado and seen members assisting flood survivors. Everywhere I go, I am deeply impressed with the members I meet. They are all doing important, life-changing work. They tell me how joining FEMA Corps has provided them with leadership training, helped them build career skills, allowed them to travel to places they never dreamed about, and work with a team of dedicated professionals.
We created the video above to give folks a glimpse of what it is like to serve in FEMA Corps. Please watch it and share it with your friends and family. We hope the video will inspire more young Americans to join FEMA to make a real difference when it matters most.