Disaster Zone

Augmenting FEMA with Staff

85 percent of FEMA staff are deployed.

by Eric Holdeman / October 8, 2017

I have had a number of calls with different individuals who are trying to assess the ability of FEMA to staff all the disaster needs that have popped up because of three major hurricanes, plus Nate hitting the United States. I've shared that FEMA has been draining the tank of people and running on empty. The operations tempo has to be getting to people.  

Then today I received this information about IEM (which I previously had written about, beefing up their disaster response capabilities). 

IEM will be formally announcing a "rapid response cadre." They are doing this to meet the demand for quality emergency managers during this extraordinary hurricane season. Right now, 85 percent of FEMA is deployed working these disasters, to give you a sense of how much of a demand there is. 

IEM's new rapid response cadre will be run by Bruce Lockwood, former U.S. president for IAEM. Reik Andersen, a retired. lieutenant colonel in the Army, will oversee training for the cadre.

If you are looking for emergency management work and are willing to travel to get the experience, this is your opportunity!