Local Resident Part Of Historic First Class Of FEMA Corps Members

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hannah Schwartz, of Chattanooga, is among the hundreds of young leaders returning home from a deployment to New Jersey and New York as part of the nation’s first class of FEMA Corps, a new unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).

 

FEMA Corps is an innovative partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for individuals ages 18 to 24.

Hurricane Sandy is part of a 10-month term of full-time service in disaster response and recovery projects. 

 

Ms. Schwartz led a team of 10-12 members, who worked directly with disaster survivors and supported disaster recovery centers. Duties include one-on-one outreach to residents in affected areas to assess their needs and connect them with the available resources.

 

“Ms. Schwartz is part of a historic new chapter in the history of national service that will enhance our nation’s disaster capabilities and give  thousands of young people the opportunity to serve their country and gain valuable skills and experience for their future careers,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.  “I commend Hannah for answering the call to serve and making a difference for people and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

 

FEMA Corps has strengthened the nation’s disaster response by providing a dedicated, trained and reliable workforce to support disaster survivors and impacted communities during their greatest time of need,” said FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino.  “We have seen firsthand the value they have brought in assisting survivors in both New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.”

 



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