So many organizations and communities across the United States need assistance to more effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of disasters. To that point, many business continuity planning groups have a strong reliance on help from organizations like DHS and FEMA in their primary and contingency plans. Therefore, it is a positive bit of news recently released where and when the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced an innovative new partnership designed to continue to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters while also expanding potential career opportunities for young people.
This new effort will promote an ethic of national service and civic engagement by mobilizing corps members and community volunteers to provide critical disaster services. Once trained by FEMA and CNCS, members will provide support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public. The first members will begin serving in August 2012 and the program will reach full capacity within 18 months.
Click here to read more about this announcement and pass this along to those business continuity, disaster recovery and risk management team members in both your organization and the community within which that organization resides.