MARION, Ill. -- Thirteen was a lucky number this week for a group of southern Illinois residents who were sworn in as disaster assistance local hires.
Tapping into local knowledge and experience provides the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its state partner with community-based skills and insight that enhance recovery efforts to help those individuals affected by the severe storms that occurred in late April and early May and flooding that has continued since then.
In less than one week, FEMA reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates, completed security background checks and hired thirteen people to assist in the recovery effort. The new team members were sworn in Tuesday by FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory Eaton. This group will receive special training to work in the Individual Assistance Branch and other recovery operations.
Additional individuals are waiting on background checks before joining the recovery team. Examples of opportunities available include administrative and applicant services assistants; IT and logistics specialists, writers and civil engineers.
FEMA is here to help others in their time of need. This includes hiring qualified area job-seekers with various backgrounds who will provide a valuable resource to FEMA’s efforts to help disaster survivors rebound from their losses. It also contributes to the local economy in the form of wages and payroll taxes.
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.