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FEMA Corps Working With Red Cross to Update Shelter Data

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Their work will make southeast Colorado more resilient and better prepared.

A FEMA Corps team is working with the American Red Cross to survey and update emergency shelter information in southeast Colorado. The team will be conducting surveys from Oct. 13 to Nov. 19 across southeast Colorado in an effort to update information about existing shelters, locate potential new shelters and update the National Shelter Survey Database.

The FEMA Corps team of eight from the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is conducting shelter surveys in 16 counties across southeast Colorado. The team members review shelter agreements and contact facilities to verify shelter information. The team also visits shelters to check accessibility and enter the information into the National Shelter Survey Database.

“From a manpower standpoint the FEMA Corps team is helping us improve our readiness,” said Sally Broomfield, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross in southeast Colorado. “From a community standpoint their work will make southeast Colorado more resilient and better prepared to handle disasters.”

Through their service, FEMA Corps members are ensuring that communities in southeast Colorado are better prepared for future emergencies. The data collected by the team will provide the Red Cross, as well as local, state and federal emergency management agencies with current shelter information that could ultimately save lives.

“In my life I never thought I would have an opportunity like this to step up and help people have a sanctuary when disaster strikes,” says FEMA Corps team member Alex Sweet from Orlando, Florida.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps units engage 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is the federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.