Emergency Management Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares warning, control, and evacuation plans for all types of emergencies. Coordinates emergency response teams during disasters.

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


A person in this career:

  • Organizes emergency teams for quick responses to disaster situations.
  • Researches ways to respond to possible disaster situations with modeling and simulation technology.
  • Conducts training programs for specialized disaster response teams.
  • Develops joint disaster response plans with local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Obtains supplies, equipment, and protective gear.
  • Develops warning systems and safe shelters.
  • Directs disaster control centers.
  • Performs risk assessment activities to evaluate chemical, physical, and biological hazards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices

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