Becoming a Vanguard EM Housing Inspector
Vanguard Emergency Management is a contractor with FEMA's Housing Inspection Services (HIS) program. We hire independent contractors to provide home inspections for disaster applicants that have requested emergency grants from FEMA. These grants are offered to individuals whose homes and personal property were damaged by floods, earthquakes, tornados or other natural disasters. Housing inspectors work across all the US and its territories; can deploy within 24 hours of notification; are US citizens; and able to financially support themselves in the field for up to 3 weeks.
All persons interested in working as a Disaster Housing Inspector on the FEMA Housing Inspection Services contract are required to complete a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI) Public Trust with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For additional information on the background investigation process, click here.
All Inspectors will receive reimbursement for expenses such as lodging and food based on the GSA Per-Diem rates for that location. Rental cars and gas or mileage will also be reimbursed along with tolls, parking, and other expenses. The electronic expense report system will guarantee that monies will be deposited in your account within days of submittal and proper documentation.
As a housing inspector, you will be expected to conduct physical interior and exterior inspections of damaged dwellings; verify ownership and occupancy; specifically list of all disaster related losses; and photograph damaged property. While deployed, you will be assigned a Government-issued Android Tablet loaded with FEMA's ACE4 inspection software. You will need to supply, at your expense, any other needed items such as tools, safety clothing and/or equipment. Vanguard EM training will be provided for all Inspectors and it will be your responsibility to maintain and stay up to date on all required classroom and on-line training.
Housing inspectors should expect to work 7 days a week during a deployment, often longer than 10 hours a day. While inspections may only be conducted during daylight hours, you will also need to schedule appointments, transmit inspections, update comments and submit expense reports throughout the day and week. You will be responsible for routing your inspections in the most time-effective manner ensuring that no application remains in your tablet longer than 5 days.
All inspectors will also undergo Quality Control reviews, and if you are found to have multiple Contractor or FEMA Corrections, you will be expected to go through corrective action.
Being a Vanguard EM housing inspector can be a rewarding and fulfilling position. We look forward to working with you. Please check back often for additional information and make sure your registration is up-to-date at the Vanguard EM Inspector Portal.