Hurricanes are tropical storms occuring near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean or northeastern Pacific ocean. Similar storms occuring near Northwestern Pacific ocean are known as typhoons and cyclones are storms in the south Pacific or Indian Ocean.
Hurricanes are capable of creating extreme damage to the land bringing high winds, rain, storm surges, and flooding. Fire and other water bodies flooding are some other effects of hurricanes. Millions of people take shelter during hurricanes and thousands of properties are damaged causing billions of damage to the USA.
Hurricanes have wind speeds from 74 miles per hour to 200 miles per hour and are categorized in to different levels. Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and so on caused catastrophic devastation to the coastal areas. Major relief and rehabilitation efforts are being taken by the authorities and private organizations to rebuild the communities.
Hurricane Workers are needed in many management, assistance, counseling, and many paid volunteer positions. Hurricane Workers are recruited on a temporary basis and are routed to the affected areas for the relief efforts. Certain laws and compensation may differ for Hurricane Workers due to the increasing demand.
Other high demand Hurricane Work include cleaning, rebuilding, healthcare, home improvement, construction, and so on.
Hurricane Workers in general are required to be trained in swimming, First-aid, and have active CPR certifications. Workers are prone to hazardous conditions in the hurricane relief work. Water, winds, extreme temperatures, and heat exhaustion are some weather elements that may affect the workers.
Physical strength and health is a key requirement for hurricane workers. Prolonged standing and lifting heavy weights is expected in the rebuilding efforts. Ability to work under high pressure and in a fast-paced environment is expected. Emotional strength to work through the damaged structures is also needed.
Communication skills both written and verbal is required for the Hurricane Workers. Ability to manage multiple projects is another key requirement. Frequent travel among the work sites is also needed depending up on the work load. Some jobs also need background check and immunization records.
Hurricane Workers are eligible for rights and compensation similar to other workers. However, certain uncertainities are involved. Employers are required to provide workmen's compensation in case of any incident. Due to the extreme conditions of the nature of work, the coverage may be restricted only to severe accidents.
Hurricane labor are paid minimum wages and overtime wages if needed. Some employers require the workers to have their own health insurance and some may not offer 401K and paid leave. Most hurricane jobs are temporary or contract work and pay hourly rate.
Hurricane Workers that work on hourly wages may not be paid if they missed work due to flooded roads or downed trees. Sometimes, the hurricane workers end up losing pay for no fault of theirs. Similarly, government workers, medical workers, emergency personnel, firefighters, and others are expected to work during emergencies. However, all are advised to seek shelter when mandatory evacuations are ordered. Hurricane Workers are in a preparedness mode in the relief efforts and are expected to put safety first.
Hurricane Workers are exposed to hazardous conditions and the employers are not required to cover for the health issues faced by the workers. Safe working conditions are some times not guaranteed for hurricane workers. The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration department (OSHA) publishes guidelines for working under the hurricane conditions.
Here are some safety measures for Hurricane Workers:
Employers hiring Hurricane Workers are suggested to educate the workers of safety and resilence during the rebuilding efforts. Physical and mental well being is a must for Hurricane Workers.
Hurricane Workers can get hired through known employers in their community. Since businesses and individuals all are facing the same difficulties, some understanding in the hiring is expected. Out of town workers that are willing to travel to the hurricane affected areas, must be prepared for the overwhelming conditions. Post hurricanes, rebuilding is a great opporunity for Hurricane Workers if they are ready to take up the challenges.
Here are some tips for Hurricane Workers to get hired: