What Types of Disaster Relief Jobs Are There in Florida?

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A hurricane is as devastating a natural disaster as you will ever (hopefully not) be. It’s no surprise that the worst thing to happen in many people’s lives brought out the best in Florida people and communities in the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Ian.

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As the death toll and damage rise daily and politicians scramble to allocate financial relief, disaster response workers are needed in the Sunshine State.

FEMA, which is already busy administering relief in Puerto Rico after the island was hit hard by Hurricane Fiona, needs “reservist employees” in Florida for ground assistance after Hurricane Ian to clean up and start rebuilding Florida communities.

However, the aftermath of the storm will have a profound effect on a range of industries in the days, weeks and months ahead. For example, insurance companies will be inundated with claims and may hire agents, adjusters and other staff. Utility companies are also under strain as they work to restore power to customers across the state.

A search of the Indeed job site using “disaster relief” brings up more than 1,300 vacancies, many of which are new. Adding “Hurricane Ian” to the search line narrows openings to a few dozen Florida-specific job opportunities for registered nurses ($90/hour), forklift drivers ($35 – $40/hour), debris monitors ($10-$13/hour) and field coordinators ($13-$20/hour), as well as drivers and customer service representatives.

Searching ZipRecruiter shows vacancies for Registered Nurses ($80-$90/day), Disaster Relief Monitors ($1,000/week), Data Clerks ($20-$30/hour ) and general cleaning workers ($16/hour). There are other lists for project supervisors, shelter managers, and construction foremen.

Focus your search by combining keywords like “Florida” or specific county names, “hurricane,” “disaster,” “cleanup,” “support staff,” “response,” “hunger relief,” or “ shelter relief” and any other word. and phrases associated with hurricane relief. You might be surprised at what you can find even in neighboring states.

Using multiple search engines, such as Google and Bing, can reveal more opportunities than you’ll find using either search engine alone.

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Don’t be deterred from applying if a search turns up a low number of vacancies. Many companies and organizations looking for employees hire multiple candidates, so there may be more opportunities than the number of advertisements suggests.

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