Interested in helping with tornado recovery? FEMA has job openings in Mississippi

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a number of short-term jobs available to help residents through the recovery process after the March 24-25 tornadoes ravaged areas of north Mississippi.

"Hiring locally allows Mississippi residents to help their neighbors with their recovery," FEMA said in a news release. "Hiring locally is part of FEMA’s commitment to the community."

The full-time jobs are expected to last 120 days, but could be extended if needed.

"Hiring locally helps build America’s disaster recovery workforce, because many FEMA employees started as local hires after major disasters in their states," FEMA said.

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More than 20 tornadoes were reported in Mississippi and Alabama. Of note were the EF-4 tornadoes that destroyed much of two Delta towns: Rolling Fork and Silver City, and the EF-3 tornadoes that caused major damage in the areas of Black Hawk, Winona and Amory.

FEMA is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the state of Mississippi as the recovery process continues.

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Jobs are available in communications, environmental historic preservation, hazard mitigation, planning, flood plain management and interagency recovery coordination.

The jobs will be based at FEMA's temporary offices near the areas hit by the storms.

To learn more or apply for a position, visit Search for “FEMA” under “Keywords” and “Mississippi” under “Location.”

Click here for a direct link to local FEMA jobs.

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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: FEMA has temporary job openings for Mississippi jobseekers