What is a Disaster Housing Inspector?
Vanguard EM Disaster Housing Inspectors are independent contractors who are deployed when a disaster (i.e. – fire, flood, hurricane, or tornado) has occurred and there has been a disaster declaration. All deployment time frames vary based on size and amount of damage of the declared disaster. No previous disaster housing inspection experience is required as Vanguard EM provides all necessary training.
Being a Disaster Housing Inspector can be both a rewarding and challenging experience, it is important to understand the role and expectations of a Disaster Housing Inspector to ensure this is the right opportunity for you!
Role of a Disaster Housing Inspector:
- You will verify ownership and occupancy of damaged homes
- You will record damages of the interior and exterior of damaged dwellings
- You will specifically list all disaster related losses; and photograph damaged property
- You will supply at your own expense needed items such as
- Tools (standard tape measure, rolling tape measure, clip board, notecards)
- Safety clothing and/or equipment (safety Glasses, safety boots)
- You should expect to work 7 days a week during a deployment, often longer than 10 hours a day
- Novice inspector, once trained, can expect to be able to complete a minimum of 6 inspections per day
- You will schedule and organize appointments
- You will communicate Inspections using your government issued tablet
- You will submit your electronic expense reports throughout weekly
- Your inspections will 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
- Novice Inspectors (0- 500 inspections) are paid $35 per inspection, intermediate inspectors (501-2500 verified inspections) are paid $39 per inspection, Advanced (2501+ verified inspections) are paid $45 per inspection. All inspectors are reimbursed for allowable field expenses (rental cars, airfare, lodging, mileage if not using rental car) and will receive the GSA per diem rate daily while deployed.
Ready to Get Started!
All persons interested in this opportunity must pass an "e-QIP" background investigation prior to deployment. During the registration process you will be asked to give permission for a background investigation. Please review the background overview process provided at time of registration.
How it Works
All Interested Persons:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must register on our Inspector Portal
- Complete and pass the required “e-QIP” background process
- Complete the required on-line training modules in our Vanguard EM University
- Attend an in-person ACE 4 training (mock inspection)
- Update your availability status on the Inspector Portal
- Stay connected (Facebook, LinkedIn, assigned mentor, keep all information up to date)
Reimbursable Travel Expenses:
- POV mileage
- Rail/Taxis/Public Transportation
- Laundry: Up to $15 on trips exceeding 14 days
- Rental Car
- Fuel for rental car
- National Travel transaction fees: Booking fees for airfare, hotel & rental car
- Meals: Housing inspectors will be compensated for meals and incidental expenses. The amount will be in accordance with the federal GSA rate schedule for the location of performance.
For additional information on Reimbursable Travel Expenses view Vanguard EM’s Travel Policy.