Join the Nation's Long-Term Community Recovery Cadre to Help Communities Come Back Safer, Stronger, Better
There is widespread recognition that our Nation's ability to recover from disasters is vital not only to national and homeland security, but sound governance as well. Timely and effective disaster recovery is critical to the restoration of social, cultural, governmental, industrial, private sector, and economic vitality, not only directly within the physically impacted areas, but often indirectly on a regional or even national scale.
The Long-Term Community Recovery Cadre works with federal, state, and local governments, as well as Non-Profits and the Private Sector, to enable disaster-impacted communities to identify opportunities for a more effective recovery. This is accomplished by identifying opportunities, creating partnerships, and maximizing resources.
As a Reservist in the Long-Term Recovery Cadre you will be part of a team that:
Helps communities collectively identify their long-term recovery vision.
Utilizes systematic approaches to provide guidance to communities in identifying disaster-related projects, programs, and initiatives that are specific to the community's vision for its long-term recovery. These are called Long Term Community Recovery (LTCR) Projects, Programs, and Initiatives.
Helps communities identify and coordinate resources and funding sources for the implementation of the LTCR Projects, Programs, or Initiatives
Provides support that ranges from providing guidance to the community for a self-initiated long-term recovery process to recovery professionals to provide planning support and guidance.
There are three major tracks in the Long Term Community Recovery Cadre:
Leadership and Management
The personnel in the managerial track have a strong understanding of FEMA's mission and the scope of Emergency Support Function 14's Long-Term Community Recovery mission. With minimum level of supervision and high level of reliability, they have the experience, training, and judgment to organize, coordinate, manage and direct the setup of LTCR field operations and delivery of technical assistance to disaster impacted communities. They lead the mission, and/or work Groups in the field, provide guidance to staff, execute FEMA's responsibilities under ESF #14, and facilitate recovery in the impacted communities. This tier of personnel is especially needed during the initial phases of assessment and during technical assistance phase as members of the leadership staff.
Leadership Support/Key Technical Staff
The personnel in the track - Leadership Support/Key Technical Staff - are composed of a range of staff representing various technical, programmatic, managerial, and administrative skills. They are the engines of the field operations, and can be deployed for extended periods in support of a mission. They can effectively support - and the more experienced among them can readily assume - key leadership positions in the field organization. This group has a solid understanding of FEMA and ESF #14's mission, and possesses strong technical knowledge, project management ability, and leadership skills along with in-depth experience that makes them effective in field. Their skill sets enable them to interact effectively with local citizenry, government leadership at the local, state, and federal levels, and private sector stakeholders.
Short-Term Deployable Staff/Subject Matter Experts
The personnel in this track provide specific in-depth expertise to LTCR operations. These personnel would typically be subject matter experts in their professional fields in government or non governmental organizations, and with pre-existing responsibilities and obligations that preclude long-term deployments. They may be policy/program experts in the HUD community developmental assistance programs, or post disaster economic and community reconstruction specialists with long experience in oversea organizations. And along with their subject matter experts, they would also be able to help FEMA in gaining needed access to other experts and resources. This pool should expect one to three week deployments that are function specific. These subject matter experts would be deployed to address specific projects in the impacted community (environmental recovery in a coastal community for example).
Examples of specialties include:
Architect, Community Development Specialist, Community Planner, Communications Support Specialist, Economic Development Specialist, Graphic and Design Specialist, Transportation Planner, Financial/Budget Analyst, Landscape Architect/Urban Designer, Data Analysts and Statistician, Housing Specialist, Infrastructure Planner, Mitigation Specialist, Rural Development Specialist.