For major emergencies and disasters, many people work together to minimize the disaster's impact through prevention, immediate response, and handing its aftermath; professionals involved include paramedics, firefighters, police officers, engineers, and others. Emergency management specialists are responsible for planning emergency response programs and coordinating the people on the ground. They work to predict the effects of various disasters and determine the optimal course of action when responding to them. They also take a more proactive approach to disaster management; for example, emergency management specialists plan evacuation routes in hurricane-prone areas and ensure that citizens are informed of these routes.
Emergency Management Specialist Tasks
Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
Keep informed of federal, state and local regulations affecting emergency plans, and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations.
Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
Design and administer emergency preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.