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FEMA Common FAQ

For general questions on applying to open jobs, please go to the USAJOBS.gov Resource Center.

FEMA will consider applications from individuals who are about to be released from active duty military. If you are not separated or released from active duty before the effective date for filling the position, your application will not be considered. A member of the uniformed service may accept a civilian position if he/she has done active duty service and is on terminal leave pending separation or release from active duty under honorable conditions. In addition, current FEMA employees who are gone because of military duty may apply for any open job announced in while they're gone and will be considered as if they were there working their civilian jobs.

FEMA is aggressively identifying and pursuing options to provide this and other benefits. Providing health benefits may require regulatory or legislative changes. Federal cost-share for the benefit is under review.

Based on staffing needs, Reservists will be deployed for all assignments on a rotational basis by job title and qualification level.  The length of deployment will depend on operational needs and available funding.  When necessary and appropriate for effectively accomplishing the mission, FEMA may choose to change the rotation list by deploying those Reservists closest to a disaster.

You must identify your status as a veteran on your application and provide proof of your entitlement to a veterans' preference by submitting appropriate documentation, such as a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy). If you are a disabled veteran, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the appropriate documentation from the military service or a current letter of disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Yes, Once you have created your USAJobs.gov account, you can create your resume using the Resume Builder.  Once your resume is in the system, you can update it at any time.

Yes. Once you have established your USAJOBS account, you can create your resume using the Resume Builder. Once your resume is in the system, you can update it at anytime. The USAJOBS presentation provides a step-by-step guide. 

No. Disaster reservists must be capable of deploying from their residence (Official Duty Station) to any location within the United States and its Territories. The plan is to first deploy Reservists who are needed, from the state in which the disaster occurs, then from the Region for that state, and then, to deploy other Reservists. 

Some positions require periodic refresher training to maintain qualification. You do not need to attend again, unless the training is periodic refresher training required to maintain qualification.

If you lost work due to a federally declared disaster, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). FEMA does not administer the DUA program or have a program to assist with lost wages. Please contact your local office of your State's Unemployment Commission for further information regarding DUA benefits.