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FEMA Hiring Throughout
U.S. due to Severe Weather

In preparation for the upcoming storm season FEMA is helping to build safe rooms in communities with tornado exposure.

Many of FEMA’s 10 regions are hiring.

FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, helps communities throughout the U.S. prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds. For example, the Agency is currently providing funds to help communities in tornado zones to re-build. At this writing the Agency has posted 31 openings to the current Federal vacancy list with more expected to follow.

FEMA responds when victims suffer loss or damage to their homes and property resulting from disasters either natural or man-made. FEMA helps people recover and rebuild.

Other FEMA Emergencies
In addition to storms FEMA responds to many other types of disasters. The Agency’s website describes “disaster” as follows, “DISASTER strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.” See below the list of specific types of disasters to which FEMA has responded in the past.

FEMA Hires Regularly
In addition to current openings, FEMA regularly hires in many other occupations which may not have vacancies at any given time but which open regularly. FEMA’s website declares, “America looks to FEMA during emergencies. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team to support disaster survivors when they need you most.

FEMA fosters innovation, rewards performance and creativity, and provides challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.”

Quality Employment
The Agency prides itself on the kind of employment it offers to all of its employees, those who respond directly to emergencies and those who support them. FEMA’s recruitment bulletin declares, “FEMA is striving to become the employer of choice for high quality individuals looking for an environment that fosters innovation, rewards performance and creativity, and provides challenge on a routine basis.”

Types of Disasters to
Which FEMA Responds
Chemical Dam Failure
Earthquake Fire
Flood Haz. Material
Heat Hurricane
Landslide Nuclear
Terrorism Thunderstorm
Tornado Tsunami
Volcano Wildfire Winter
Storm

Nature of Work
Every year FEMA workers dispense millions of dollars in emergency relief to home and business owners. FEMA community relations officers are assigned to each affected county to channel this money to victims. This includes immediate aid in terms of temporary disaster housing that may be required, and also longer term Federal aid in the forms of low interest loans.

Categories of Employment
Permanent Full Time Employees
Permanent Full Time (PFT) positions follow all Title 5 CFR(Code of Federal Regulation) provisions. PFT positions are “Competitive Service” appointments. Competitive civil service jobs are filled according to a merit system in which the best qualified candidates are chosen based on an application and interview process. Through fair and open competition, managers may hire a previous or current Federal employee or choose to hire someone from outside the Federal government.

Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees
Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) workers are hired under the authority and provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Act. CORE positions are temporary, excepted service appointments with specific “Not to Exceed” dates. The appointments are two and four-year terms and are typically renewed if there is ongoing disaster work and funding is available. Excepted service is a special authority used by the Federal government which allows agencies to use a streamlined hiring process rather than hiring through the traditional competitive process. This authority allows agencies to help meet an unusual or special hiring need. CORE positions are excluded from Title 5 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) provisions covering government organizations and employees.

Reservists
A Reservist is a Federal employee who works on an on-call, intermittent basis forming the major workforce for FEMA in times of emergency or disaster. Reservists play significant roles in helping FEMA accomplish critical goals and objectives. Reservists help complete FEMA’s mission by staffing Joint Field Offices (JFOs) and Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), interviewing disaster victims, conducting and verifying damage assessments, providing administrative, financial and logistical support and performing a wide variety of other tasks as identified by staffing needs and operational requirements.

Reservists are highly motivated individuals who are capable of producing quality work with minimal supervision in a pressure-filled environment. The life of a Reservist can be exhausting, frustrating, challenging and rewarding. The hours can be long and the conditions can sometimes be difficult, but the payoff is the satisfaction of knowing you have brought aid, relief and comfort to those individuals affected by a disaster or an emergency.

Reservist Qualifications
• United States citizen or national
• Highly motivated
• A self-starter who can work with minimal supervision
• Able to pick up and leave home with sometimes 24-48 hours notice
• Able to be away from home for 30 days or more
• Able to travel to any state or territory at a moment’s notice.
• Computer literate / able to prioritize tasks / customer service oriented
• Financially able to work only part of the year and have an unpredictable income level
• Able to work long hours - seven days a week in some circumstances
• Able to work effectively under physical and mental pressure
• Able to pass a background investigation

Compensation
Pay levels correspond with experience, skill set and job classification and range from $11.29 to $42.03 per hour.

An appointment as a FEMA Reservist does not carry a guarantee of employment or renewal of employment. Opportunities for work are limited because of the sporadic nature of disasters. Hence, Reservists must consider the Reservist Program as an intermittent source of income.

See below for FEMA Regional Office addresses.

How To Apply
Job candidates may visit FEMA's main website for application procedures.

Additional information can be found on-line .  •

FEMA Regions
REGION I
FEMA
99 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT
(877)-366-2734

REGION II
FEMA
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
NY, NJ, PR, VI
(212) 680-3600

REGION III
FFEMA
615 Chestnut Street
One Independence Mall, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
PA, MD, DC, DE, VA, WV
(215) 931-5500

REGION IV
FEMA
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
TN, KY, NC, SC, GA, MS, AL, FL
(770) 220-5200

REGION V
FEMA
536 South Clark St 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI
(312) 408-5500

REGION VI
FEMA
Federal Regional Center
800 N. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76209-3698
TX, LA, AR, OK, NM
(940) 898-5399

REGION VII
FEMA
9221 Ward Pkw Ste 300
Kansas City, MO 64114
MO, KS, IA, NE
(816) 283-7061

REGION VIII
FEMA
Denver Federal Center
BLDG 710, Box 25267
Denver, CO 80225-0267
CO, UT, WY, MT, ND, SD
(303) 235-4800

REGION IX
FEMA
111 Broadway Suite 1200
Oakland Ca 94607-4052
CA, NV, AZ, HI, Pacific Islands
(510) 627-7054

REGION X
FEMA
Federal Regional Center
130 228TH ST., S.W.
Bothell, WA 98021-8627
WA, OR, ID, AK
(425) 487-4600