DENVER – Throughout flood-damaged areas of Colorado, 245 young FEMA Corps members in distinctive blue uniforms are joining the effort to help Coloradans recover.
FEMA Corps is a partnership between the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA Corps’ purpose is to support the ‘whole community approach’ to incident management and assist FEMA with federal response and recovery operations.
To date, these FEMA Corps volunteers have:
- Used tablets to register more than 2,000 survivors in the survivors’ own neighborhoods;
- Distributed information on assistance programs to 756 survivors at shelters and thousands more at Disaster Recovery Centers;
- Worked with teams of FEMA specialists to record damage to roads, buildings and utilities during Preliminary Damage Assessments in 15 counties;
- Produced pamphlets, reports and other materials necessary for the smooth functioning of FEMA disaster assistance programs;
- Worked in the Joint Field Office to support work going on in the field;
- Assisted in receiving, sorting and distributing 25,000 pounds of donated food; 33,280 gallons of donated water; and 31,500 pounds of donated clothing.
In all, 29 FEMA Corps teams (9 to11 members per team) have joined with FEMA specialists to help survivors of the Colorado severe storms, flooding and mudslides.
FEMA Corps is a 10-month national community service program that focuses on disaster-related efforts with FEMA. The Corps members are 18 to24 years old and come from diverse cultural, socio-economic, educational and geographic backgrounds. Team members are committed to making positive change through service.