Emergency Management Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares emergency plans and procedures for all types of disasters, such as enemy attack, floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Assists in preparing and maintaining disaster operations plans.
  • Trains military and civilian personnel on what to do in an emergency.
  • Operates and maintains nuclear, biological, and chemical detection and decontamination equipment.
  • Conducts surveys to determine needs in the event of an emergency.
  • Monitors disaster preparedness activities and training operations.
  • Serves as members of emergency response teams.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work