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.

Median Annual Wage: $64,360

Education: Bachelor's degree (52%); Master's degree (15%); Some college, no degree (15%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Emergency Planner; Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director); Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist; Emergency Management Coordinator; Emergency Preparedness Coordinator; Emergency Services Director; Emergency Management Program Specialist; Emergency Management Consultant; Emergency Management Director; Emergency Preparedness Specialist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Emergency Management Directors.

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  • Prepare plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters or emergencies, such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, and terrorist attacks, and in recovery from these events.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.
  • Design and administer emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
  • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation.
  • Develop and perform tests and evaluations of emergency management plans in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Maintain and update all resource materials associated with emergency preparedness plans.
  • Collaborate with other officials to prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
  • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
  • Propose alteration of emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of previous emergency situations.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment, such as emergency management centers and communications equipment, to determine their operational and functional capabilities in emergency situations.
  • Consult with officials of local and area governments, schools, hospitals, and other institutions to determine their needs and capabilities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Review emergency plans of individual organizations, such as medical facilities, to ensure their adequacy.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops related to emergency management to learn new information and to develop working relationships with other emergency management specialists.
  • Develop instructional materials for the public and make presentations to citizens' groups to provide information on emergency plans and their implementation processes.
  • Keep informed of federal, state, and local regulations affecting emergency plans and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations.
  • Apply for federal funding for emergency-management-related needs and administer and report on the progress of such grants.
  • Train local groups in the preparation of long-term plans that are compatible with federal and state plans.
  • Study emergency plans used elsewhere to gather information for plan development.
  • Conduct surveys to determine the types of emergency-related needs to be addressed in disaster planning or provide technical support to others conducting such surveys.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Emergency Management Directors.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Emergency Management Directors.

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