FEMA director Michael Brown told Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (search) in a letter that he needs 1,000 people within 48 hours and 2,000 within a week.
Training will be provided in Emmitsburg, Md., Atlanta or Orlando and special skills, such as being bilingual or having a commercial driver's license are important.
The volunteers are being told they must be able to work long hours, outdoors, all day and to bring:
— Sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses.
— Walking shoes.
— Mosquito repellant.
— Medication, both over the counter and prescription.
— Valid driver's license.
— Government ID.
— Cash (ATMs may not be working).
— Government cell phone, computer, blackberry.
— Appropriate clothing (walking shorts acceptable).
— Rain gear.