Emergency management directors plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
An emergency manager is an emergency management specialist who plans and leads the response to natural disasters or other emergencies. Their work aims to minimize damage to people and property. They usually work with government or other officials, non-profit organizations, public safety officials and disaster specialists while planning and responding to situations.
An emergency management director's job description includes communicating key information about emergencies, preparing situation status reports, coordinating disaster response, developing and maintaining liaisons with relevant bodies, applying for funding, consulting specialists, hosting or attending meetings or conferences, performing tests, reviewing emergency plans, training other emergency managers, providing assistance and preparing instructions materials or manuals.
Emergency management specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, business administration, finance or related field. Knowledge in the fields of IT and engineering is also useful. One needs some experience working in public administration and disaster planning before working as an emergency manager.
Emergency managers jobs are typically found in the government, hospitals, large industries, universities, research companies and emergency response agencies. Some industries or locations may require specific licenses or certifications. One should have technical knowledge in scientific and geographic software and systems to earn a good director of emergency management salary.
To be successful, one must have planning, problem-solving, coordination, monitoring, evaluations, service orientation and decision-making skills.
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