ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has expanded its team of disaster assistance employees to include several local hires from the metro Atlanta area. Hiring local individuals provides FEMA and its state and local partners with community-based skills and insight that enhance federal efforts to help local residents affected by the storms from late April, get back on their feet.
“FEMA recognizes the importance of helping others in their time of need, and this includes hiring some highly qualified individuals to help their fellow citizens,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia B. Szczech.
Twenty-two individuals have been hired to assist FEMA and its staff of disaster employees at its joint field office in Atlanta. They were hired from more than 5,000 applications received in response to an online advertisement posted with the Georgia Department of Labor, the Workforce Development One-Stop Career Center, and local colleges and universities, detailing temporary, full-time work.
The advantages of filling open positions by utilizing the knowledge and experience of local job seekers is twofold.
“Hiring locally not only creates jobs for Georgians, but also draws from the extensive talent pool we have in our state to begin the rebuilding and recovery process,” said Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
Selecting local candidates from various backgrounds provides a valuable resource in FEMA’s efforts to survivors trying to rebound from a disaster. It also contributes to the local economy in the form of wages and payroll taxes.
The positions filled by local hires range from administrative assistants to civil engineers, from computer trainers to writing specialists, and from finance specialists to logistical specialists. They bring to the table experience and skill in their professional work.
They receive training in FEMA’s three recovery programs – Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Individual Assistance – as well as the policies and procedures that govern them. They become an integral part of the recovery effort.
The positions are in support of local recovery efforts that are underway in the areas affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes of April 27-28.
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.