Disaster Survivor Assistance

The Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) cadre is the "boots on the ground" Cadre. DSA establishes a timely presence at every disaster, primarily focusing on addressing the needs of disaster survivors by collecting targeted information to support leadership and operational decision-making, providing accessible, in-person case-specific information and referrals, providing referrals to whole community partners, as needed, and identifying disability-inclusive public information needs so strategic messaging can be developed and disseminated.


  • Good communication and listening skills in order to support survivors affected by a disaster
  • Ability to work on your feet canvassing communities to register disaster survivors for FEMA assistance programs (Positions require standing and walking for extended periods of time)
  • Basic knowledge on the use of electronic tablets and software applications
  • Ability to respond to a request to activate and travel to a field office within 24 to 48 hours (a typical deployment may last 30 days or more depending on the need)
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