FEMA is hiring more staff as Florida recovers from Hurricane Ian

More than a month after Hurricane Ian battered communities, FEMA is scrambling to hire hundreds of people in Florida to help their neighbors recover. “FEMA will be here for as long as it takes to help the community recover — that will likely be years,” said Andrew Friend, FEMA’s field director. FEMA is looking for neighbors who want to help neighbors, like the people who live in Orlo Vista. It’s one of many communities in Florida that was hit hard by the storm, and more than 30 days after Hurricane Ian, the remains of the wreckage show just how long the road to recovery will be. Community recovery is really about bringing jobs and bringing money to affected communities and allowing people to effectively help each other,” Friend said. FEMA is looking to fill more than 300 jobs in the state. The roles will vary and many will focus on cities such as Orlando, Kissimmee, Brandon, Fort Myers and Sarasota. If you are at least 18 years old, a US citizen and have a high school diploma or GED, you will be considered after you apply online. Full-time positions will last 120 days, but may last longer. Many of the current FEMA workers have turned temporary positions into careers. “It’s very important to help rebuild the community to where it is and start working on the public side. It’s just a lot of opportunities in different areas,” said Tamika Ali-Yerima, a FEMA worker. “I would encourage everyone to take advantage of it — not only for a new way forward for the community, but you never know you might end up with one of these logos traveling across the United States in the next disaster,” Friend said. FEMA has 23 open across the state disaster recovery centers, many of which will remain open for at least 30 days.

More than a month after Hurricane Ian battered communities, FEMA is scrambling to hire hundreds of people in Florida to help their neighbors recover.

“FEMA will be here as long as it takes to help the community recover — it will likely be years,” said Andrew Friend, FEMA’s branch director.

FEMA is looking for neighbors who want to help neighbors like the people who live in Orlo Vista.

It’s one of many Florida communities hit hard by the storm, and more than 30 days after Hurricane Ian, the remains of the wreckage show just how long the road to recovery will be.

“A very important part of community recovery is really bringing jobs and bringing money to affected communities and allowing people to effectively help each other,” Friend said.

FEMA is looking to fill more than 300 jobs in the state.

The roles will vary and many will focus on cities like Orlando, Kissimmee, Brandon, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

“Customer service, logistics, environmental protection, engineering, emergency management, and many other types of jobs as well,” Friend said.

If you are at least 18 years old, a US citizen and have a high school diploma or GED, you will be considered after applying online.

Full-time positions will last 120 days, but could last longer.

Many current FEMA workers have turned temporary positions into careers.

“It’s very important to help rebuild the community where it’s at and get to work on the public side. It’s just a lot of opportunities in different areas,” said Tamika Ali-Yerima, a FEMA worker.

“I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this — not only for a new way forward for the community, but you never know you might end up with one of these logos traveling around the United States in the next disaster,” Friend said.

FEMA has 23 disaster recovery centers open across the state.

Many will stay open for at least 30 days.

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