Community Service Representative (Former Employee), Washington, DC – December 4, 2013
Pros: excellent opportunity to be compassionate and human
Cons: hard to see the destruction of so many peoples' lives
Great opportunity for self starter person, able to work alone and unsupervised. We were sent into the field after the Super Storm Sandy disaster, with a set number of required tasks to complete by the end of the day, every day. It was wonderful to work at my own pace and handle each situation as it came up. The hardest part of the job was seeing all – more... of the devastation left by the storm and knowing that people died in the same areas that I was now working. Very sobering, very challenging, very humbling. There was a lot of need for emotional comfort and normalcy by the survivors of the disaster. – less
FEMA Technical Assistance Contractor (Current Employee), New Jersey – July 21, 2014
Pros: great work environment, able to help people
Senior Environmental Engineer – roles included: NEPA Task Force Leader, Senior Environmental Specialist. • Processed 234 applications for public assistance in NJ. Reviewed each application for compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws; this required knowing the laws and understanding the project impact. • Coordinated with the three – more... internal divisions at the FEMA disaster office: Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Environmental. Interfaced with 33 environmental staff and 3 FEMA divisions to understand the problem, apply the technical engineering issues, resolve the conflict and satisfy the environmental laws pertaining to the proposed construction. • Resolved policy issues that arose as a result of the disaster. Analyzed the issue, applied the regulations and developed a policy for the construction to proceed. • Invited speaker for FEMA three-day training course on Floodplains and Wetlands. These areas involve the base flood elevation, velocity zone and development in the floodplain. This expertise was utilized in policy development on floodplains. – less
Claims Examiner (Former Employee), United States – June 23, 2014
Pros: flexible and on-call possible.
Cons: can be 24/7.
The companies which contract with FEMA are not always great. You have to ask around to find a good one. The one I was with was pretty good, but management was a bit lacking. Work/life can be obviously quite imbalanced during a disaster.
Business Objects Developer/Administrator (Former Employee), New York, NY – May 21, 2014
Serving for Dept of Homeland Security was an honor in this sandy relief project. i served as a developer and admin for daily tasks and saw first hand effects of hurricane sand. It was a fast paced environment with patient people
Productive and effective means of managing disaster releif
Logistics (Current Employee), Mountain View, CA/ Herndon, VA,/ Kansas City, MO – May 21, 2014
Working inside of FEMA was a boost in cultivating my professional skills. My days consisted of working for one or several of thier regional warehouses (region 7 &9). My job title was logistics operations and I loaded, unloaded, and distributed warehouse material to thier destinations. I also organized and inventoried most of the warehouse stock to keep – more... up to date and organized for more material to come in. My co-workers were always friendly and willing to assist me in any way possible.But the most enjoyable part of the job was working insode of an organization where your work impacts peoples every day lives. – less
HM Hazard Performance Analyst/HM 406 Specialist (Former Employee), Albany, NY – May 15, 2014
Pros: experiencing various places in the country while deployed.
Cons: not having any specific sens of home while deployed.
Working with FEMA is an excellent experience for an architect to get a strong sense of the damage caused by extreme weather. Working in hazard mitigation gives the professional the ability to recommend effect ways of making building and civil structures more resilient to future disasters.
Debris Manager (Former Employee), Pensacola, FL – May 9, 2014
This was a great job also due to the oppurtunities to help my community after a disaster. I learned a lot about the layout of the city, but meeting the people and hearig their stories was the best. Knowing I was apart of helping people put their lives back together and get back to normal was very gratifying.
Reservist Operations Specialist (Current Employee), Washington, DC – April 1, 2014
Cons: being away from family for long periods of time.
As a reservist we get called out when disasters hit. The experience is unlike anything most people will ever imagine. You usually go to a disaster shortly after it happens.
As an Operations specialist I work closely with the Operations Chief and usually the FCO. I get to over see the full disaster. People in other sections only see what their section – more... is doing, but operations staff usually see the complete picture. It is a wonderful learning element. – less
LEP/ACN (Former Employee), Centennial, CO – March 19, 2014
Pros: good salary, great work culture
Cons: being away from family for a long period of time
As LEP/ACN Centennial, Colorado DR 4145
Research demographic and disaster latest situation. Research disaster awareness to assist the staff and the community. Travel long hours between Joint Field Operations Building and the assigned field. Coordinate with External Affairs Program Liaison as directed.
Hardest part of the job is being away from my – more... family. The most enjoyable part was working on behalf of the staff that is highly dedicated to disaster survivors.
Co-workers focus on the mission of the agency who work long hours daily to assist survivors their families, their business, and their city. – less