While in Florida, our team of 4 members have been stationed in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office, in Orlando. Serving with FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons, the team has been: connecting disaster case managers with homeowners and field teams; identifying survivors in the FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance program and evaluating the best ways to get those individuals back into their homes; collecting volunteer hours across the state; assisting FEMA staff with addressing homeowner critical unmet needs; and processing work orders for AmeriCorps Field Teams.
All in all the team has been spending a lot of time doing critical service, but at the end of the day, it's still in a cubicle. For a team of outgoing and active individuals, it can become trying no matter how dedicated the individual is. To combat this, the team took a day in the field with an NCCC AmeriCorps team to swung some hammers and enjoy the sunshine:
"Last weekend we had the opportunity to go out with NCCC River 3 and help them put tarps on damaged roofs. It was the first time since arriving in Florida that we actually got direct contact with survivors, and it was a very rewarding and emotional experience. The homeowners were so grateful for the limited help we could provide, but it was hard to walk away knowing they still needed so much more assistance. One homeowner was even from Missouri originally! This field experience greatly boosted our moral and we were really happy to meet and work with other AmeriCorps members."
We're so proud of this teams accomplishments in the field and in the office!