Disaster Zone

FEMA Needs a Few Good Men and Women

As projected, FEMA is running out of people.

by Eric Holdeman / September 6, 2017

With Hurricane Harvey sucking up every available resource that FEMA has for staffing, and with Hurricane Irma making landfall in North America, starting with Florida very shortly, FEMA is looking to add resources to their cadre of emergency workers in a very large swath of needs and professions. See the text below.

If you have been complaining about not being able to find a job or get experience — THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to get your start in emergency management. I'm betting that if you have any training or a background as a first responder, maybe even just military and can pass a cursory criminal background check, you can start working almost immediately.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Director, Glen Woodbury:
As you are all very much aware, our nation has sustained severe flooding and damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and we are anticipating major impacts from hurricanes Irma and possibly Jose. This is the peak of the hurricane season, and it is far from over. To this end, we are reaching out to you to help in response and recovery efforts. FEMA is looking to recruit personnel, with an expected deployment of 30 days, in the following areas:

Program Area: Skillset Required
Individual Assistance: Survivor outreach and communication, case management
Logistics: Load and unload trucks; coordinate and deliver resources; track inventory
IT: Establish connectivity for facilities; install, track, and manage equipment; configure communications equipment
Disaster Survivor Assistance: Engage directly with survivors; demonstrate understanding of available programs; case management
Hazard Mitigation: Floodplain management, mitigation strategies for the built environment, flood insurance, FEMA’s grant programs and authorities
Disaster Emergency Communications: Set up, operation, and shut down of communications vehicles; installation of voice and data cables; knowledge of radio protocols
External Affairs: Communications, Congressional and intergovernmental affairs, media analysis, media relations, tribal affairs, private-sector relations
Environmental and Historic Preservation: Knowledge of environmental, historic, and floodplain management processes and regulations
Human Resources: Human resources specialists and managers
Finance: Travel arrangements and budget controls
Acquisitions: Contracting officers, purchasing specialists, and procurement specialists

If you are available to serve in one or more of these areas, please send your résumé to FEMA-CAREERS@fema.dhs.gov, and please put “Higher Ed” in the subject line. Feel free to also share this request throughout your networks. This is a great opportunity to serve the nation and support our survivors in this time of need."


Heather Issvoran
Director, Strategic Communications
Contract Support for The Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Cell: 831.402.4672
1 University Circle, Building 220, Room 064
Monterey, CA 93943