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AmeriCorps honors first Vicksburg-based FEMA Corps

As they reflect on their service to Hurricane Isaac and Sandy survivors and others, the nation’s first FEMA Corps members will be sworn into service in a graduation ceremony at the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Southern Region Campus in Vicksburg.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The first 177 members of the organization’s newly founded FEMA Corps will be honored. The group recently completed 10 months of service in disaster response/recovery and emergency management.

FEMA Corps is a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for people ages 18 to 24 from around the nation to provide 10 months of full-time service in disaster response and recovery projects.

FEMA Corps enhances the federal government’s disaster capabilities, increases the reliability and diversity of the disaster workforce, promotes an ethic of service, expands education and economic opportunity for young people, and achieves significant cost savings for the taxpayer.

Mississippi is home to one of only five AmeriCorps NCCC campuses in the country, and is the first campus to host FEMA Corps. Additional information about FEMA Corps is available here.

Source: AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region


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