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FEMA seeking local hires to assist in disaster recovery

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[December 19, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD  Illinois residents will get the opportunity to assist with the state's recovery from the Nov. 17 tornadoes while building their professional skills and drawing a paycheck. Temporary, full-time positions are available in the area with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA has joined forces with the Illinois Department of Employment Security to recruit and screen individuals to work in positions including administration, writing and public information, television and radio broadcast production, planning, individual disaster assistance, and logistics.

FEMA routinely offers employment to residents in disaster areas to support the local economy and provide jobs to those who may have lost employment due to the event.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Individuals will be required to pass a background investigation that includes fingerprinting and credit check, be able to furnish his or her own transportation to and from work, and live within 50 miles of the employing office. for salary payment, employees are required to participate in mandatory direct deposit/electronic funds transfer.

Illinois residents may apply at IllinoisJobLink.com through Thursday. They should enter "FEMA" into the keyword search to find available positions.

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FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation and any other non-merit factor. The federal government is an equal opportunity employer.

For the latest information on Illinois' recovery from the Nov. 17 storms, visit FEMA.gov/Disaster/4157.

[Text from file received from FEMA Region V]

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5, facebook.com/fema and youtube.com/fema.

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