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Emergency Management Directors

Also called: Emergency Management Consultant, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Planner, Emergency Services Director

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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:
  • 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.
  • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • quickly know what you are looking at

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

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

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$70,500
per year, on average
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