BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), working with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has expanded its team of disaster assistance employees to include several local hires from the Minneapolis-St.Paul area. The hiring of local unemployed individuals provides FEMA and its state and local partners with community-based skills and insight that enhances efforts to help local residents affected by recent severe storms get back on their feet.
"FEMA recognizes the importance of helping others in their time of need, and this includes helping some very qualified individuals in search of employment to be hired to help their fellow citizens," said Federal Coordinating Officer Lawrence Sommers. "Helping people get back on their feet while helping others get back on the job is a win-win for everyone."
The positions filled by local hires range from administrative assistants to planning coordinators, from couriers to writing specialists, and from data processors to staff support. They receive introductory disaster response training and become an integral part of the recovery effort.
Six individuals are being hired to assist FEMA and its staff of disaster employees at its joint field office in Bloomington. They are among more than 75 applications received in response to an online advertisement posted on www.minnesotaworks.com detailing temporary, full-time work. The positions are in support of local recovery efforts that are underway in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding June 17-26.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.