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FEMA looking to add 15 to Warwick office

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring a number of Rhode Islanders to assist in the state's recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

"It is FEMA policy, and the agency makes it a priority, to employ local residents," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo said in a statement. "It gives us an opportunity to tap into the skills and experience of people who live right here in the Ocean State. Moreover, a paycheck makes it into the hands of some local, unemployed workers on a temporary basis."

FEMA is currently seeking up to 15 local employees, which will comprise 10 percent of the FEMA workforce, at its Joint Field Office in Warwick. Civil engineering, administrative management, accounting and charting and mapping are but a few of the skill sets being sought.

This is the second time in recent years FEMA has recruited locally in Rhode Island. Many individuals were hired in 2010 when the agency helped the state recover from spring storms and flooding at that time.

Individuals interested in applying should register online at www.EmployRI.org. The initiative is supported by EmployRI and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

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