Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FEMA Encourages Volunteerism Through Citizen Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On January 18, Americans will volunteer in a Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., transforming the federal holiday into a national day of volunteerism where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to strengthen their community.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages volunteerism and civic engagement for all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience through its Citizen Corps program. This year, Citizen Corps Councils across the country have organized Day of Service volunteer preparedness activities such as assembling emergency preparedness kits to be delivered to the homebound, replenishing supplies at local food pantries, conducting health fairs with influenza prevention outreach and hosting emergency preparedness education classes.

FEMA’s Citizen Corps is the grassroots community preparedness and resilience movement that asks everyone in America to be an active participant in making themselves and their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to handle any emergency situation. Over 2,400 local communities nationwide have created Citizen Corps Councils to strengthen collaboration between government and civic leaders and to educate, train and involve the public in all-hazards emergency preparedness.

For more information about FEMA and Citizen Corps, visit http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTY5MjUwMCZtZXNzYWdlaWQ9UFJELUJVTC02OTI1MDAmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjE1NjUzOTE2JmVtYWlsaWQ9amJhaWxleUBvZW0uc3RhdGUub3IudXMmdXNlcmlkPWpiYWlsZXlAb2VtLnN0YXRlLm9yLnVzJmV4dHJhPSYmJg==&&&100&&&http://www.fema.gov/ and http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTY5MjUwMCZtZXNzYWdlaWQ9UFJELUJVTC02OTI1MDAmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjE1NjUzOTE2JmVtYWlsaWQ9amJhaWxleUBvZW0uc3RhdGUub3IudXMmdXNlcmlkPWpiYWlsZXlAb2VtLnN0YXRlLm9yLnVzJmV4dHJhPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://www.citizencorps.gov/.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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