On March 13, 2012, the White House announced an innovative partnership between the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to establish a FEMA-devoted unit of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) solely devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This partnership builds on the historic collaboration between the two agencies and will enhance the federal governments disaster capabilities, increase the reliability and diversity of the disaster workforce, promote an ethic of service, expand education and economic opportunity for young people, and achieve significant cost savings for the American taxpayer. When the program is at full operational capability, and in an average disaster year, we expect to see a savings of approximately $60 million in a year.
Every year, millions of Americans suffer the effects of natural and man-made disaster. Disasters can lead to human losses, social problems, economic harm, and environmental damage. Given the prevalence and severity of disasters and other hazards, FEMA is looking for ways to diversify and fortify its existing disaster workforce structure. FEMA will partner with CNCS to support 1,600 additional service corps members annually within AmeriCorps NCCC, a full-time residential service program for individuals ages 18-24. The FEMA Corps members will be solely focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.
The FEMA Corps members will serve for a 10 month term with an option to extend for a second year. The program will prepare thousands of young people for careers in emergency management and related fields. During their service, they will gain significant training and experience in disaster services and will provide important support to disaster survivors. The first members will begin serving in August 2012 and the program will reach full capacity within 18 months.
Even democrats and liberals would have to admit, while they may have hated Bush, they knew in their hearts he would not cross the rubicon.
But with this crop that came on board with 0bama's election in 2008 we've learned very quickly that what they appear to be doing, is not what they are actually doing. We've learned the appearances that mean everything, actually mean nothing.
I do not think there has ever been a President that has invoked so much distrust, fear, and paranoia than 0bama. I long have watched that when liberals 'worried about the worst' in a Republican...it later turns out it is the Democrat that actually makes their worries come true. Liberals/progressives project onto to others their fears and miss it is they who are their own enemies.
Will these 1600 make a big difference during a hurricane response? Or how about an earthquake? Will this program improve FEMA response time?
They claim this program is going to save $60 million a year. Interesting. What professionals are they eliminating? Americorp people get a living stipend at a residential setting. They do not get paid per se. They get education awards, which can be used for college or to pay-off student loans. Even the Vista program only pays $100 per month.
This appears to be a weakening of FEMA disaster response. In order to save $60 million, who/what is being eliminated at the professional level? This is basically a draft of young people into direct government service without appropriate compensation.
Uh? Sounds like something from an EO we just read about?
But more realistically, this is a compounded disaster in the making. Folks better make sure they can take care of themselves for more than 72 hours ...