Where Will Recovery Workers Come From?

From Eric Holdeman, who writes the Disaster-Zone blog: FEMA’s Recovery Resources Stretched Thin.

I too have been wondering where the many workers needed to do recovery assistance will come from, but I have been focusing on the question of how to train the staff and volunteers recruited to become knowledgeable about the recovery phase of disaster.

I welcome suggestions and comments.


3 thoughts on “Where Will Recovery Workers Come From?

  1. Agreed, and yet even in the states with Good Samaritan laws, trained volunteers too often remain an untapped resource such as the architects and engineers who perform post-disaster building safety assessments with the AIA Disaster Assistance program: http://new.aia.org/resources/9271-the-safety-assessment-program-sap. These volunteers often create other projects and programs to help their communities recover from disasters. It takes a village!

  2. Hope FEMA focuses on “quality” versus “quantity” when employing staff for recovery work. If they do not have sufficient experience and adequate training they will not bring value to the process. Very frustrating (and obvious) when FEMA staff does not have the necessary skill set to properly perform their work.

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