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Winfield Resident One of First Class of FEMA Corps Members

Chelsea Steck of Winfield led a team to work with survivors of Hurricane Sandy and support disaster recovery centers through a new unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).

Chelsea Steck of Winfield is one of hundreds of young leaders returning from a recent 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 a 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, according to a press release from CNCS.

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According to the release, Steck 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.

“Steck 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 Chelsea 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,” FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino said in a statement. “We have seen firsthand the value they have brought in assisting survivors in both New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.” 

The first class of FEMA Corps members completed training at either the campus in Vinton, IA or a similar facility in Vicksburg, MS. For more information about FEMA Corps or AmeriCorps NCCC, or to apply online, visit our www.americorps.gov/nccc.

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