Initially, I created the posting on the FEMA workforce to highlight some of the problems that graduates of Higher Education programs have in trying to obtain appropriate full-time emergency management positions. To my surprise, that was not the audience most interested in the postings that began on Sept. 14th. Most of the comments, concerns, and frustration expressed came from current and former reservists.
My second surprise was the depth and breadth of the problems with the FEMA workforce. The number of hits over the past 3 days was extraordinary for this blog; the hits exceed any other posting for the past 3 years. And the passion for emergency management work is quite obvious. I know that some FEMA officials are aware of the postings. Let’s hope some corrective actions are taken.
Third, I think that reservists should have their own blog or other outlet for their issues, since the issues need more attention. This blog mainly deals with recovery matters and only tangentially with workforce issues. (I would be glad to give some guidance on using WordPress.)