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Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Sept. 28

September 15, 2016 in Emergency Preparedness

 

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on:
September 28, 2016, at 2:20 PM EDT. 

If rescheduling is necessary, the alternate test date is October 5, 2016.

The EAS test is going to be broadcast through these ways:

•             Radio broadcast stations;
•             Television broadcast stations:
•             Cable systems;
•             Wireline video systems;
•             Direct broadcast satellite service providers; and
•             Digital audio radio service providers.

The EAS test will gauge the reliability, accessibility, and effectiveness of the EAS. The emergency test message will be transmitted in English and Spanish via audio and text, which can be used to create an accessible video crawl to ensure that all members of the public will be able to access this emergency test.

The FCC Public Safety Support Center welcomes feedback on the accessibility of this test.  If you observe any problems about this test, or have feedback about the test, please submit your comments at:   https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center.

Job Announcements: Disability Integration Advisor Positions

March 26, 2015 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for two open positions: (1) Disability Integration Advisor; and (2) Disability Integration Advisor with a specialty in American Sign Language (ASL). The open period for these announcements is from Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015. For full information, including a description of duties, please review the job summaries below.

Apply using the following links via the USAJobs.gov portal:

  1. Disability Integration Advisor
  2. Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-020-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor in FEMA’s Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State’s request.
  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Community Relations, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities and/or other access and functional needs, have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, IT and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center locations.
  • Advising Support Services Branch and Equal Rights Advisors in the identification and evaluation of disability laws and regulations as they relate to space compliance in the various field locations.

Job TitleDisability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-019-RSV
Salary Range: $40.37 to $40.37 / Per Hour
Open Period: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:

As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

 

Job Announcement: Disability Integration Advisor – ASL Specialty

December 17, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for a Disability Integration Advisor position with an American Sign Language (ASL) specialty. The open period for this announcement is from Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015.  To apply for this position or for full information, including key requirements and a description of duties, please click the following link to access the job announcement through USAJobs.govhttps://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/389257100.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at shannon.blair@fema.dhs.gov or by phone number 800-879-6076.

Job Title: Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-011-RSV

Salary Range
: $39.97 to $39.97 / Per Hour
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations:  MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No

Duties:
As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.

Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:

  • Working collaboratively and providing guidance to Federal Coordinating Officer, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, External Affairs, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.
  • Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services.
  • In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, Information Technology and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center and other field locations.

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination is Hiring!

January 24, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness, Employment

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Position Opening: Program Assistant

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination headquarters staff is expanding and has an open vacancy for the position of Program Assistant (GS-0344-06). As the national Disability Integration Advisor CADRE reservist program grows, the need for additional administrative support is necessary.

This person will help serve the nation by assisting all citizens and first responders during disasters or emergency situations by being a part of FEMA’s disaster workforce.  This position is held at FEMA Headquarters in the Washington, DC area. Please feel free to forward this notification to anyone who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity to join FEMA and help integrate and coordinate national disability inclusive emergency management efforts.  Please follow the link below to the vacancy announcement onUSAJOBS.GOV.

FEMA – Program Assistant (Open to United States Citizens) – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359853700

FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

January 22, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications

The application period for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council is now open!

Know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community? If so, encourage them to apply to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council!

FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, they  complete self-selected youth preparedness projects;  voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness.

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as ambassadors for youth disaster preparedness.

For more information and application materials for the YPC please visit, http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.Applications must be received by February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.

New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014

FEMA Seeks Disability Integration Advisors

June 28, 2013 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA

 

 

 

Dear Colleagues;

Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, is excited to inform you of the employment opportunity with FEMA’s Incident Management CORE Program.  Several Emergency Management Specialist (Disability Integration Advisors – AD-0089-11) will be hired throughout the United States.  As a part of FEMA’s disaster workforce, CORE Reservists serve the nation by assisting all citizens and first responders during disasters or emergency situations.  As a CORE Disability Integration Advisor Reservist you will train, gain experience, and become qualified in this specific disaster role.  This position allows you to assist in the coordination and integration of persons with disabilities in the response and recovery efforts of impacted citizens, communities, Local, Tribal, and State governments. This announcement is open from June 26, 2013 until July 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.  Please feel free to forward this notification to anyone who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity to join FEMA and help integrate and coordinate national disability inclusive emergency management efforts.   Please follow the link below to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.GOV.

Emergency Management Specialist (Disability Integration Advisors – AD-0089-11) – Job Announcement Number: FEMA-MJ007-IM/COR-13

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/346465800


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FEMA Seeking Disability Integration Staff for Reservist Program

March 25, 2013 in Community News, Employment, Interpreting & Transliterating

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency

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FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination is growing. There are openings for a Disability Integration Advisor (ASL Specialty – American Sign Language Interpreter), Disability Integration Advisors, and Disability Integration Advisor Lead position vacancies within FEMA’s Reservist Program.

As a part of FEMA’s disaster workforce, Reservists serve the nation by assisting all citizens and first responders during disasters or emergency situations.  As a Reservist you will have the opportunity to train, gain experience, and become qualified in a specific disaster role.  Being a Reservist allows you to assist in the coordinated response and recovery efforts of impacted citizens, communities, Local, Tribal, and State governments.

Read more . . . →

FEMA Region VII Disability Integration Speciailist Vacancy

February 22, 2013 in Community News, Employment

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Dear Colleagues;

Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, would like you to be aware of the numerous employment opportunities in FEMA Region VII.  They are recruiting a Regional Disability Integration Specialist (GS-301-11/12).  Please feel free to forward this notification to anyone who may be interested in applying for this exciting opportunity to join FEMA and help integrate and coordinate national disability inclusive emergency management efforts.   Please follow the link below to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.GOV.

Regional Disability Integration Specialist, GS-0301-11/12:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337913200


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Important Communication Guidance in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Disability Rights Office/CGB Offers Communication Guidance to Persons with Disabilities

In Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

From FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, 10/31/2012 

Disability Rights Office/CGB Offers Communication Guidance to Persons with Disabilities in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau offers the following information to individuals with disabilities seeking information and assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:

Phone Calls

•  According to an October 30, 2012 FEMA news release, the President declared major disasters for New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm.  Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in New York and New Jersey can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants who have a hearing or speech disability and use TTYs should call 1-800-462-7585 directly.  If you do not use a TTY and are calling through any relay service or by voice, you can also access the following voice telephone number:  1-800-621-3362.  These toll-free telephone numbers (provided by FEMA) will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

• If you have a hearing or speech disability, you also can use telecommunications relay services to make calls for assistance.  In your local area, dial 711 to access these services by TTY or by voice.  Alternatively, you can access IP Relay, IP Captioned Telephone or video relay services on line.

•  If you are trying to send someone a text message and it is not going through, wait 10 seconds before redialing a call.  On many wireless handsets, to re-dial a number, you simply push “send” after you’ve ended a call to redial the previous number.  If you do this too quickly, the data from the handset to the cell sites do not have enough time to clear before you’ve resent the same data.  This contributes to a clogged network.

• If you do not have electric power in your home, consider using your vehicle to charge cell phones or listen to news alerts on the car radio.  But don’t try to reach your car if it is not safe to do so, and remain vigilant about carbon monoxide emissions from your car if it is a closed space, such as a garage.

Television, Radio and the Internet

• Tune-in to television, radio and the Internet (via your desktop or laptop computer, tablet or mobile phone) for important news alerts.

• FCC rules require audio information about emergencies provided on television to be accompanied by visual information for persons with hearing disabilities.  This is typically provided through closed captions, so please make sure you have your captions turned on.

•  If you have a visual disability, emergency information provided during televised news programming must be provided in an audio format along with its visual format.  If you are watching regularly scheduled (non-news) programming and hear tones or beeps, this signifies that emergency information is being provided.  Turn on your radio or call someone to get up-to-date information about the emergency that is occurring.

• The Commission will continue to monitor closely complaints alleging violations of our laws requiring access to emergency information on television, and will review for possible enforcement action.  If you have a complaint regarding the lack of emergency information being presented in an accessible format, you may contact your video programming distributor directly for quick resolution of the problem (you can locate VPD contact information by searching the VPD Registry located on the FCC’s webpage at: http://esupport.fcc.gov/vpd-search/search.action) or you may file a complaint with the FCC.

If you decide to complain directly to the FCC, your complaint should include:

• The name of the VPD (e.g., broadcast station, cable company, satellite TV provider, local telephone company) against whom the complaint is alleged;

• The date and time of the transmission of emergency information that was in a format not accessible to persons with disabilities; and

• The type of emergency.

You can file your complaint with the FCC using the on-line complaint Form 2000C found athttp://www.fcc.gov/cgb/form2000c.html.  You also may contact the FCC by letter, facsimile transmission, telephone (voice/TRS/TTY), Internet e-mail, audio-cassette recording, Braille, or any other method that would best accommodate your disability.  Send your complaint to:

Federal Communications Commission

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

Phone: 1-888-225-5322 (voice); 1-888-835-5322 (TTY)

E-mail:  fccinfo@fcc.gov

Internet:  www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html

Fax:  866-418-0232

Fact sheets summarizing the closed captioning and access to emergency information rules are available at the FCC’s Web site at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/closedcaption.html, and http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/emergencyvideo.html.

Find more information at www.ready.gov,  http://www.redcross.org,  or www.fema.gov.


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