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
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
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Branch Chief, National Preparedness Division (Current Employee), Boston, MA – January 23, 2014
Pros: disaster response
Cons: lack of mobility
FEMA is the pinnacle emergency management organization within the United States. It is a small organization that has expanded rapidly within the last five or more years and now is experiencing a limitation of funding and resources to execute it's many requirements. The people are first class while the organization is very hierarchal and without much – more... upward mobility. The regions are where the programs meet implementation with state, tribal, and local stakeholders. Headquarters in DC is not truly focused on stakeholder priorities but in tune to the needs of the White House and Capitol Hill; this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but more focus is needed on local, tribal, state, and regional office needs.
The most enjoyable part about the position and organization is that you help those that are in dire need. There is great satifaction in that. – less
CEO Specialist (Current Employee), Atlanta, GA – January 15, 2014
Pros: helping people
Cons: a disaster has to happen
Supervised approximately 60 employees. Communicated to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved and deadlines and time frames for completion. Monitored and reported on the status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work. Prepared reports and maintained records of work accomplishments and administrative – more... information, as required. Managed and coordinated large project activities and developed tactical plans to support project success. Responsible for the implementation and coordination of Mitigation programs in support for the long-term recovery process. Developed goals and objectives for unique disaster related projects. Enhanced outreach activities that increased the public’s awareness of mitigation opportunities. Established and maintained a strong working relationship with community groups and members of the general public to enhance relationships with FEMA to increase effectiveness in communicating loss prevention, NFIP and mitigation program goals. Maintained contact with Mitigation Division, Headquarters and Regional staff to plan, coordinate and organize special events concerning mitigation in communities. – less
RN Staff Nurse (Former Employee), Anniston, AL – December 3, 2013
Good interaction with people and an advocate for patients. Learning is a ongoing experience. Good team work in all areas of work. Great management. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and the interaction with patients and their families.
Was fun place to work, travel, met many interesting people
Disaster Assistance Employee (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PA – December 2, 2013
Pros: good pay
Cons: only work when there is a disaster
My day was mainly helping people in need a place to live or financial help in rebuilding . People I worked with were dedicated to helping disaster victims. The best part of this job was the look on someones face when they realized we could really help
Hurricane Disaster Specialist (Former Employee), Worked while in Massachusetts for 6 months – November 24, 2013
Pros: new experience in direct emergency situations
Cons: income not enough for long term expectations
Reviewed the ways FEMA and the Red Cross could help individuals in the affected parts of the country handling an emergency situation. In addition gathered individual information on each situation for government database utilization.