Plans and directs disaster response or crisis management activities, provides disaster preparedness training, and prepares 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.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Public Management and Administration pathway.
A person in this career:
- Coordinates disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
- Prepares 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.
- Develops and maintains liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.
- Designs and administers emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
- Keeps 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.
- Develops and performs tests and evaluations of emergency management plans in accordance with state and federal regulations.
- Maintains and updates all resource materials associated with emergency preparedness plans.
- Collaborates with other officials to prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
- Prepares emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
- Proposes alteration of emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of previous emergency situations.