By Stephanie Moffett, FEMA Region VI Public Affairs Specialist
FEMA Region VI partnered with the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, to encourage students to make emergency management a career choice this month.
For the second year in a row and as part of the UNT “Take Flight Job Shadowing Program”, Region VI has hosted a number of UNT students -- providing them with an understanding of the FEMA’s role during a disaster and an opportunity to shadow personnel from different program areas."
|Tony Robinson, FEMA Region VI Administrator, meets with students from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, who are participating in the “Take Flight Job Shadowing Program.” Photo by FEMA/Earl Armstrong|
I have learned so much about FEMA and about how the agency coordinates activities during a disaster,” said Jessica Hogue, UNT Masters student.
Hogue is studying Applied Anthropology and hopes to utilize her education and experience in the emergency management world. “I had no idea that so much of what I do could be useful during a disaster, especially the study of how someone’s social and cultural background impacts how he or she responds to a disaster. This has been a great opportunity and experience,” added Hogue.
Region VI Mission Support Division Administrative Assistant Sarah Anderson took the lead in organizing the students and presentations. Mission Support Director Dennis Lee served as a speaker, offering an overview of what his division does and the region’s history in Denton, Texas.
“This program benefits not only the students, but Region VI as well,” said Lee. “It gives us a chance to learn from them and maybe get some new ideas or perspectives that we could utilize.”
A group of students participated in the “Take Flight Job Shadowing Program” in January in Region VI and more are expected to take part in the future. UNT is the first university in the country to have an accredited emergency management program.