On September 13, 2012, the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) graduated its first class of blue-shirted FEMA Corps, comprised of 240 young adults ages 18 to 24.
“FEMA Corps is an innovative partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to enhance disaster response and recovery capacity while expanding career opportunities for young people. Established as a new unit within the existing AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), FEMA Corps engages young adults ages 18 to 24 to provide ten months of full-time service on disaster response and recovery projects.”
This is the AmeriCorps pledge taken by the Obama Blue Shirts at their induction ceremony:
“I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.”
In the wake of the devastating Superstorm Sandy, millions of Americans in 11 states are without power. Food is running out; middle-class New Yorkers are dumpster diving for food scraps. Especially hard-hit Staten Island residents are without plumbing, water or heat, and plead for help from officials, crying “We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze!” Some New Yorkers are defecating in the hallway of high-rise apartment buildings. (See my post “New Yorkers desperate while elite party after Sandy“.)
This morning’s waking-up news is that gas is being rationed in New Jersey and there are reports of price-gouging — restaurant and hotel prices are skyrocketing. And while power has been restored to some, 280,000 NYers are still in the dark — and a cold front is coming.
Temperatures are set to plunge to the mid-30s tonight and tomorrow night — as a powerful nor’easter is forecast to bring even more rain and possible flooding to the area Wednesday and Thursday. Wind chills will dip into the 20s.
Yesterday, in his final weekly radio and Internet address before Election Day, Obama told Americans impacted by Superstorm Sandy that he’s got their back and that he has ordered his team not to let red tape and bureaucracy delay solving problems, especially for getting power restored: “Our number one concern has been making sure that affected states and communities have everything they need to respond to and recover from this storm.”
Throughout the Sandy disaster and after, has anyone seen even a single blue t-shirted FEMA Youth Corps member?
Where are the Obama Blue Shirts?????