Hi Brian, As a contractor to the government helping FEMA and agencies with products and services, I have found everyone at FEMA to be very approachable in the sense of asking for assistance as you did in this posting. If you give your area regional Administrator a call and ask them to "Point me in the right direction," I'm sure they'd be happy to chat with you for 5 minutes. Most people I've found in the government are more than happy to give career advice and assistance. They know how tough it is getting in and they are looking for hardworking, dedicated people just like you.
Here is a link to your region's FEMA office: http://www.fema.gov/about/regions/regioniii/index.shtm