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Emergency Management Directors

Also called: Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Planner, Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
  • 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.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Relational database software
  • SoftRisk Technologies SoftRisk SQL
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • Geographic information system GIS software Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Microsoft SharePoint Hot Technology
  • National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination NC4 E Team


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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