2013-06-20 / Community

Young people answer call to serve in FEMA Corps

Kaitlyn Flickinger of Thousand Oaks, Laura Langberg of Oak Park, and Curice Paulus of Northridge are among 331 people serving in the nation’s first class of FEMA Corps, a new unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) devoted to disaster preparedness and response.

During their 10-month term of service, Flickinger, 23; Langberg, 24; and Paulus, 24, will provide support to disaster survivors and gain training and professional experience in emergency management.

Serving on teams of 10 to 12 people, FEMA Corps members travel to disaster-affected communities and support longer-term recovery operations across the country.

Flickinger and Langberg arrived at the AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region campus in Denver, Colo., in February.

Flickinger completed six weeks of training in logistics. She is nearing the end of her first project round, during which she traveled to Lincroft, N.J., to move a joint field office, and then to Colts Neck, N.J., to retrieve supplies from an office in preparation for the 2013 hurricane season.

Langberg finished six weeks of training in community relations and traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to identify state and community recovery gaps. She went to Joplin, Mo. to develop a database on how to rebuild after a disaster, and is now in Oklahoma City in response to a tornado to help with assessing damage, informing the public of assistance opportunities, and reporting to FEMA on identified needs and trends.

Paulus arrived at the Ameri- Corps NCCC Pacific Region campus in Sacramento in February for six weeks of training in public assistance. In Forest Hills, N.Y., Paulus conducted site visits and case management file reviews and supported other long-term Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

The three will serve on several more projects before graduating from FEMA Corps in November.

Flickinger graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2008 and Oregon State University in 2012 with a degree in public health. She is the daughter of Joanne and Robert Flickinger.

Langberg, an Oak Park High School alumna, earned a degree in sociology, anthropology and French from Goucher College in 2013. She is the daughter of Susan Rosen and Steve Langberg.

Paulus graduated from Charlotte Amalie School in 2006 and Cal State Northridge in 2012 with a degree in liberal studies with a concentration in ethnic studies. She is the daughter of Leroy Paulus and Colette Hackett.

In FEMA Corps, people ages 18 to 24 from around the nation provide 10 months of full-time service on emergency management projects. The program will engage 1,600 members annually when fully operational next year.

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

For details to apply online, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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