If you need work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering more than 300 positions in Southwest and Central Florida for local residents to work in the recovery of the state that has been affected by fierce Hurricane Ida on March 28. September.
FEMA announced this Sunday that it will also provide temporary housing for eligible hurricane survivors in six of the hardest-hit counties.
The government agency is hiring locally for more than 300 jobs in Brandon, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sarasota. These are full-time 120-day engagements that can be extended based on operational needs.
Jobs include specialists in architecture and engineering, logistics, management of low-lying flood-prone areas, digital communications, and emergency management, among other specializations.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through USAJobs.gov.
Unemployed Disaster Assistance is also available for eligible survivors. Floridians can file a claim for lost wages caused by Hurricane Ian by going to FloridaJobs.org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA”, visiting a local CareerSource center or calling 800-385-3920.
In addition to providing jobs, the government agency said more than $1.65 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state and to households to help Ian’s survivors kick-start their recovery.
It detailed that it provided $674 million to households and $322 million to the state for emergency response, while the US Small Business Administration provided $408 million in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program paid out $244 million in claims.
Eligible Hurricane Ian survivors in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties will receive temporary housing after FEMA approves Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable.
The agency has determined that housing assistance is insufficient to meet housing needs in these counties due to a lack of available housing resources.
Direct Temporary Housing Assistance can be provided for up to 18 months from September 29, 2022, the date of the federal disaster declaration, through March 28, 2024, and is available in 26 Florida counties.
Residents of Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole , St. Johns and Volusia.
Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists are going door to door in Florida neighborhoods helping people register for help. These teams have engaged with more than 71,000 survivors in designated counties for individual assistance.
Survivors can visit one of 23 disaster recovery centers operating in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia.
Interpretation services and translated materials are available at these centers to help survivors communicate in the language they feel most comfortable with, FEMA reported.
As centers are added, real-time locations will be updated on FloridaDisaster.org.
Transitional shelter assistance has also been extended to seven more counties, bringing the total to 26 counties eligible for temporary hotel stays for survivors unable to stay home due to storm damage.
To date, the program has provided housing to 2,277 households with 5,755 members. Hundreds of FEMA inspectors conducted more than 170,000 home inspections for survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance.
The US Small Business Administration has approved $408 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, tenants and business owners. Disaster recovery centers are located in Collier, DeSoto, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota and Seminole counties.
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 43,000 flood insurance claims through October 29 and has paid out more than $244 million to policyholders, including $142 million in advance payments.
NFIP policyholders can receive up to $1,000 to reimburse the purchase of supplies such as sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber. They can also receive up to $1,000 in storage costs if they move insured property.
Policyholders must file a claim to prevent flood losses, whether or not they were successful in preventing flood damage.
Low-income Floridians recovering from the hurricane may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Survivors can find more information on the Ministry of Children and Families website.
This story originally appeared on October 30, 2022 11:57 a.m.