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June 18, 2013

Conger answers call to service in FEMA Corps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rachel Conger, of Centerville, is one of 154 Sacramento-based young people serving in the nation’s first class of FEMA Corps, a new unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps solely devoted to disaster preparedness and response.

Prior to joining FEMA Corps, Conger graduated from Centerville High School in 2009 and studied at Indian Hills Community College.

Conger said, “I decided to do a second year of [national] service because my passion in life is to make a difference. I hope to learn many things from this experience that I can carry with me through out my life.”

Rachel is the daughter of Patricia Conger.

During her 10-month term of service, Conger, 22, is providing important support to disaster survivors and gaining significant training and professional experience in emergency management. Serving on teams of 10 to 12 people, FEMA Corps members both travel to disaster-affected communities and support longer-term recovery operations across the country. Projects range from working directly with disaster survivors to administrative disaster management tasks to sharing disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.

Conger arrived at the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region campus in Sacramento, Calif. on Feb. 12 and completed six weeks of specialized training in the area of community relations. Conger is nearing the end of her first project round, spanning from March 24 to June 10, during which she traveled to Oakland, Calif. to assist with ongoing media calls, inquiries from local officials, outreach efforts, and other required External Affairs duties before being deployed to Oklahoma for immediate disaster response. Conger will serve on several more projects before graduating from FEMA Corps on Nov. 19.

FEMA Corps, a new unit within AmeriCorps NCCC that launched in Fall 2012, is an innovative partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Corporation for National and Community Service. People ages 18 to 24 from around the nation provide 10 months of full-time service on emergency management projects.

For more information about FEMA Corps or AmeriCorps NCCC, or to apply online, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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