Name: Ashley Small
Disaster Assistance Employee
What I Do:
When FEMA responds to a disaster they need different types of people with many different skills to get the job done. This is why FEMA calls on people like me – Disaster Assistance Employees or DAEs. When the President declares a disaster, the DAEs are called to come help FEMA.
Each DAE brings something special to FEMA from across the country. They may be firefighters or police officers, businessmen or teachers, writers or photographers. They take time from their jobs to help those in need. When you mix all of these people together with all of their different skills, you create a winning team. Every person is important to the success of the job. After they complete their task with FEMA, they go home and back to their other jobs and wait to be called to help again. There are about 4,000 DAEs around the country and we are all proud that we can contribute our special skills to the team.
Before coming to help FEMA with the Hurricane Katrina Disaster I worked at a local television station where I wrote TV commercials and sold advertising. Being a FEMA Reservist allows you the opportunity to work many jobs. Currently, I work the News Desk where I handle media calls and give television reporters valuable information about FEMA. I have a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from North Carolina A&T State University