Woman serving in FEMA Corps program

June 13, 2013

DENVER — Crystal Brown of Hagerstown is one of 177 Denver-based young people serving in the nation’s first class of FEMA Corps, a new unit of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps devoted to disaster preparedness and response.

During her 10-month term of service, Brown, 24, is providing support to disaster survivors and gaining 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.

Projects include working directly with disaster survivors and on administrative disaster-management tasks, and sharing disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.


Brown, a graduate of Williamsport High School, arrived in Denver, Colo., in February and completed six weeks of specialized training in the area of applicant services.

She is nearing the end of her first project round, during which she traveled to Lincroft, N.J., to explain benefits of applying for disaster assistance to survivors and help survivors apply for FEMA assistance.

Brown, the daughter of Devin Brown and Tracy Galvin, will serve on several more projects before graduating Nov. 20 from FEMA Corps.

“I chose to do a term of national service because it is my passion to help others,” Brown said. “Also, I see this as an opportunity to move forward with my life and my passion.”

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

FEMA Corps operates out of five regional campuses — Denver; Sacramento, Calif.; Vinton, Iowa; Perry Point, Md.; and Vicksburg, Miss. 

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