Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Reservist


About the organization

Based on the desire to provide expanded services to disaster survivors, FEMA leadership transferred the Community Relations program to the Recovery Directorate, effective April 8, 2013. In an effort to reflect our commitment to the disaster survivors and the expanded role of the cadre, FEMA changed the name from Community Relations to Disaster Survivor Assistance.

The DSA mission is to build and sustain an expeditionary cadre that can establish a timely presence primarily
focused on addressing the needs of disproportionately impacted populations and disaster survivors by:

Collecting targeted information to support leadership and operational decision-making;
Providing accessible, in-person case-specific information and referrals;
Providing referrals to whole community partners, as needed; and Identifying disability-inclusive public information needs so strategic messaging can be developed and disseminated.


DSA crews use tablets and other mobile reporting tools to enhance their capabilities. These tools allow DSA to bring services directly to the survivors who need the most help. Hand-held tablets let DSA register survivors at home, work, shelters, hotels or wherever they may be.

Field data is collected by using the Survey123 application. Each submitted survey includes a geo-location that can be displayed on a map for visualization, analysis, and reporting. Gives FEMA leaders an instant picture of critical
and emerging needs and the overall pulse of the impacted communities.

Automates information flow, reduces errors and need for paper maps.


This is an intermittent, on-call travel position. DSA Reservists are FEMA’s “boots on the ground”– you may deploy to the disaster area’s neighborhood or go door to door working with the disaster survivors.

You may be outdoors, walking or standing for long periods of time in hot or cold temperature depending on where you deploy to and the time of year.

You may deploy anywhere in the U.S. or U.S. territories for 30 days or longer (months at a time) depending on the severity of the disaster.

You are required to be ready to deploy within a 24/48 hour timeframe.

When you deploy it is full-time working hours, plus possible overtime.

FEMA will pay for – airfare, rental car, hotel and a daily per diem for food based on locality.

You will receive job specific training and attend an orientation after you on-board.

Deployments are rotational and dependent upon disasters. There is no way to measure how many times you will deploy in a year.

If you hold a full-time position, your employer is not required to hold that position for you while you deploy out. If you have a full-time position you are required to get permission from your supervisor or HR letting them know the details of this position, to make sure they are okay with dual employment. You will also have to fill out dual employment paperwork.

You must be a U.S. Citizen and have a valid driver’s license

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please submit resume and cover letter to the email listed above. Include "DSA Reservist Position - Peace Corps" in the subject.

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