Saturday, April 21, 2018

FEMA Reservist Opportunities. April 2018

FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an on-call basis as Reservist employees in the Operations Cadre.

In this role, you will travel, receive training, build your professional network and support those in need. Reservists work on an intermittent basis, supporting survivors of all-hazard incidents. They are the main FEMA workforce during an emergency or disaster that assists the agency in accomplishing its mission.

The Operations (OPS) cadre ensures the efficient and effective delivery of immediate emergency assistance to individuals and communities impacted by major disasters, emergencies, or acts of terrorism.  

They coordinate the delivery of accessible Federal assistance programs and services, including life-saving assistance (including search and rescue support, medical support, and evacuation support), life-sustaining assistance (including shelter, water, and food), and program. They are also responsible for all tactical incident planning and operations.

Positions available
  •       Mission Assignment Specialist
  •       Operations Branch Director
  •         Division Supervisor
  •       Mission Assignment Manager

  •       Experience with managing complex projects, tasks and programs
  •       Experience managing, tracking, and organizing both electronic and paper documents.
  •       Experience using computers, Microsoft Office tools, electronic databases (i.e WebEOC, eCAPS) or similar tracking and financial software systems.
  •  Experience coordinating with state, tribal, local, and other federal agency officials
  • Demonstrate effective supervisory and leadership principles
  • Ability to comprehend and understand Stafford Act Programs and Emergency Management principles


If you are interested in a position in the Operations cadre, please send your resume to, and include "Operations" in the subject line.

For more information please explore FEMA’s Reservist program webpage.

April 2018. NEW: Get Certified in Humanitarian Practice

Humanitarian Essentials


Building Blocks for Humanitarian Practice

The building blocks for humanitarian practice are the values, ethics, and principles that underpin humanitarian action. This course introduces the bodies of law that inform humanitarian response and the legal basis of humanitarianism. Learn how you can lead effective and successful projects that service beneficiaries when disasters strike.

This course was developed by our partner Humanitarian U. You will be eligible to earn a certificate after completing the course.

Courses are intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. April 2018.

Nonprofit organizations, private-sector, small and medium entrepreneurial businesses each has a role as members of their local community, the ‘whole community’ to understand their role locally and nationally from man-made and natural disasters when they strike. 

You are a vital member of the community.

Ensure key executives, management, administrative, operations, and front-line staff members understand their role not only within your organization, but locally and nationally when disaster strikes.  To reduce the stress, and contribute to business, individual, family, and community planning and preparedness.

How?  It starts by completing just one of the FEMA independent study courses listed below.

Be safe, Be prepared, understand your role.

BEMA International

Release of National Preparedness System Independent Study Program Courses

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, in coordination with the National Integration Center, has released revised Independent Study courses for the National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Frameworks. These courses introduce participants to the concept and principles of the Goal and Frameworks. The courses are intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials.

The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. These risks include events such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other man-made hazards, terrorist attacks and cyber-attacks. The National Preparedness Goal also describes 32 activities, called core capabilities, which address the greatest risks to the nation. 

The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. They describe the coordinating structures and alignment of key roles and responsibilities for the whole community and ensure interoperability across all mission areas.

The updates to the Independent Study Courses focus on discrete, critical content revisions as a result of the 2015 and 2016 National Preparedness Goal and National Planning Framework refresh efforts. Additional changes in the courses are the result of the lessons learned from implementing the
Frameworks through recent real world events, as well as the findings of the National Preparedness Report.

The course web links are listed below. A revised course for the refreshed National Disaster Recovery Framework will be released at a later date.

IS-2000: National Preparedness Goal and System Overview:

IS-2500: National Prevention Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2600: National Protection Framework, An Introduction:

IS-2700: National Mitigation Framework, An Introduction:

IS-800.c: National Response Framework, An Introduction:

Free Online Courses Enable Training of Spontaneous Volunteers Before or During a Disaster

Software provider launches five video-based courses that aim to aid continuity during disaster.

First responders can only do so much during a disaster. Volunteers are increasingly a huge part of the equation, and that includes spontaneous volunteers.

There has been little or no training for these responders, but that just changed with the launch of, an online portal that provides free courses for volunteers or potential volunteers. The video-based courses run from 10 to 15 minutes and are accessible by smartphone, PC or tablet.

The initial phase or pilot consists of five graphically driven videos, each with downloadable infographics that outline the key points of the topics. At the end of each video is a knowledge assessment to drive home the key ideas of the subject matter.

The videos were developed by software provider Cornerstone OnDemand in collaboration with FEMA, Catholic Charities USA; Emergency Management Institute; Mennonite Disaster Service; Points of Light; Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; Team Rubicon; and The Salvation Army.

“We know from working with our working group and the number of organizations in our orbit [Cornerstone OnDemand also previously launched] is we have heard consistently from these organizations that are working with spontaneous volunteers that there is a lack of training and resources for this audience,” said Alexis Denny, director of grants and consulting for the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation.

Denny said the groups with which Cornerstone OnDemand has been affiliated have been mostly focused on affiliated volunteers, who have been given specific training. “For individuals just showing up, most of them have no experience and don’t necessarily understand what they’re stepping into, and there’s really nothing that exists in terms of on-demand training.”

For volunteer coordinators, the scene can be chaotic and dealing with new, spontaneous volunteers who need some direction is difficult. A coordinator can point potential volunteers to the videos to see what they may be getting into, what they may be asked to do and help the potential volunteer decide if it’s really what he/she wants to do at the time.

The courses, so far, include: Spirit of Service; Know Before You Go; Code of Conduct; Rules and Disaster Response; Physical Safety; and Emotional Resiliency. Denny said those five were chosen from a long list of subjects and that more courses will be available in the next couple of months.

The Spirit of Service course, Denny said, is a bit of an introduction to volunteering. “A feel-good video, if you will,” she said. “We talk about what contributions someone who isn’t necessarily experienced can bring and how they can work with professional organizations.”

She said the Code of Conduct course teaches safety and effectiveness of volunteers and how to help people during times of need and grief with respect to cultural differences and emotions.

“The energy and enthusiasm of local volunteers is welcomed and encouraged when disasters strike,” read a statement by Team Rubicon’s Deputy Director of Field Operations Pat Ross, on the website. “Pausing to ensure individuals are ready to go, enhances safety, promotes effective integration into volunteer organizations, and ensures an awesome experience for those volunteering,” he continued.

Denny said the idea came to light two years ago when, after launching, which focuses on training humanitarian workers outside of the country, the foundation wanted to have an influence in the States also.

With the number of disasters and the high incident of volunteerism, the foundation convened a working group. “The idea is that people can take this training in advance or even onsite,” Denny said.

“It’s intended to provide some basic concepts they need to know and also help people understand if they should show up to help. If you’re a volunteer coordinator, it’s super chaotic and the likelihood you’re going to be able to step away and give someone very clear instruction before you put them into a task is highly unlikely.”

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