So based on the advice of Grandpa Nate and the communications director here at AmeriCorps I have decided that rather than sending everyone individual pics and texts I will just post about my life here. I think by posting this way I am able to share more completely about my experiences away from home. So for those of you who may not know I am part of AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps (NCCC) a residential national service program. The NCCC mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. FEMA Corps, is part of AmeriCorps NCCC and is the result of a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA Corps members are dedicated to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Members are trained in areas of logistics, external affairs, individual and public assistance and more. They support long-term recovery operations, help disaster-stricken communities recover through outreach, organize logistics of FEMA recovery centers, input and monitor data, create maps, and locate resources for disaster survivors.
I think that sums everything up pretty well. I arrived to the Denver campus on Feb.9 and have been training nonstop ever since. I will try to post a picture of my schedule for the day on here if I can figure that out. My fellow FEMA Corps member friend Veda has promised to help me figure out how to use this blog since I have never had one before. That being said I have just become CPR, AED, and First Aid certified by the Red Cross. I never knew how much upper body strength it took to effectively complete CPR on a 150lb dummy. Between pumping his chest and giving him all my air I was pretty sweaty and light headed at the end of it. Did you know that the rhythm of Another One Bites the Dust is the same rhythm you use to exert chest compressions? Now you know. I have also passed my government vehicle driving test. Driving a 15 passenger van is a challenge at the best of times but I think I will be a little more challenged than most because we are not allowed to drive them over 65mph even on the highway. Considering my need for speed this is quite painful for me. I have only recently been assigned an official team yesterday, I have been assigned the Field Recovery Task Force with 9 other Corps members and my Team Leader (TL) Dan. I have high hopes that I will do well in this team since I seem to click well with all of my team mates. I would like to go downtown this weekend but unfortunately tomorrow we are supposed to get 16 inches of snow and all the vehicles are grounded. I may try to get an Uber to take me anyways because who knows when I will be able to go again. I have had pretty good experiences with Uber so far despite some people telling me that it is sketchy. I’m tired and my computer is acting up so goodnight.