FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Since the beginning of the recovery effort from the spring storms in Kentucky, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been assisted by a pool of 17 local residents hired to work with FEMA staff to provide disaster assistance to the Commonwealth.
The people hired locally come to FEMA with varied backgrounds but share a common goal to help their fellow Kentuckians get back on their feet. They joined the FEMA team following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the Commonwealth between April 12 and May 20.
"These individuals bring community-based skills and insight that provide an invaluable resource for the recovery," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Ward. "They are critical to FEMA's efforts at helping Kentuckians rebound."
The local hires bring experience and skill in their professional work, such as civil engineering, architecture, accounting and administration. Some have been given jobs that include field inspections of damaged public facilities while others work behind the scenes tracking assistance being provided throughout the Commonwealth.
They received introductory disaster response training, instruction on FEMA's mission, and become an integral part of the recovery effort. They supplement the permanent FEMA staff and a cadre of Disaster Assistance Employee reservists from around the country who comprise the core of the FEMA staff.
Although the positions are short-term temporary jobs, they put local people to work and contribute to the local economy in the form of wages and payroll taxes.
These skilled men and women work out of the Joint Field Office in Frankfort as well as in various declared counties across the Commonwealth.
FEMA's mission is to support our first responders and 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.