Paid Disaster Response Training Program
Federal Disaster Response Training
No experience or education level required; No diploma or degree required
Gain experience while exploring career options
Gain a competitive edge over other job applicants in private or government sectors
Gain leadership and management experience
Gain college credits for continuing education and workforce development (earn 6-9 credit hours)
Gain new contacts by networking with government and community agency directors
Gain new skills in your career field and expand your capabilities
Gain advantages for college, trade school or apprenticeships
Team Leader option for those with advanced skills and education (11 months)
Begin application process at age 17
Minimum of 10 month commitment- can be repeated
Travel, lodging, healthcare provided plus childcare allowance if applicable
Earn bi-weekly stipend plus $6,095 to pay off educational debt or pay for future educational and job training expenses
An excellent option for those interested in business, construction, carpentry, building trades, environmental management, emergency services, forestry, disaster response, public administration, social sciences, law enforcement, homeland security, public health, writing/journalism, counseling, human services, recreation, non-profit services, or careers with local, state or federal government and organizations.
Natural Disasters- manage volunteers; managing distribution centers and shelters; preparing and distributing meals; clearing debris; enrolling victims into emergency-assistance databases; mucking and gutting; surveying community assets; distributing educational materials and preparedness kits; implementing disaster-preparedness curricula; GIS mapping for improvements to community emergency response systems
Disaster Survivor Assistance-Work directly with Americans affected by disaster, manage documents, conduct surveys, or work at a recovery center. Register survivors for assistance in the field, utilize systems to map the areas you and your team will canvas, generate daily crew reports, and carry out status inquiries for survivors already registered.
Individual Assistance-Coordinate with nonprofits and government agencies to connect disaster survivors to services. Complete case reviews in Transitioning Sheltering Assistance, help with Direct Housing Missions, call applicants and inform them of the assistance appeal process, and assist in staffing Disaster Recovery Centers.
Logistics- Assist with distribution of supplies to disaster and recovery areas; inventory supplies and manage warehouse storage. Support IT wiring of FEMA facilities, or be there to open and close-out recovery offices.
Planning- Mapping and GIS Systems-Plan during a disaster or research, write, and manage information for FEMA Regional Offices and Headquarters. Formulate Incident Action Plans and collect information for other products; work closely with planning teams to formulate Incident Maps and input data for map services and databases; assist while specialists produce incident specific geospatial products.
Public Assistance-Be there after disaster strikes to conduct damage assessments and input data for official reports. Participate in kickoff meetings and site visits, compile data for project worksheets, and support public assistance closeout for disasters.
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