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First FEMA Corps members sworn in
By Insure.com staff

More than 200 young people were sworn in as members of the nation's first FEMA Corps to strengthen disaster response and recovery efforts.

FEMA Corps is a partnership of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and was established as a new unit within the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

The organization engages young adults ages 18 to 24 to provide 10 months of full-time service for disaster response and recovery projects. Members will work directly with disaster survivors, support disaster recovery centers and share information with the public.

After completing 1,700 hours of service, FEMA Corps members will receive a $5,550 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for tuition or pay student loans.

FEMA Corps members will be based out of AmeriCorps campuses in Sacramento, Calif.; Denver; Vinton, Iowa; Perry Point, Md.; and, Vicksburg, Miss. The program will engage 1,600 members annually when fully operational next year.

Besides providing disaster aid, FEMA provides most flood insurance for home and business owners. Standard home and business insurance policies do not cover damage from floods.

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