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.
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.