What do Emergency Management Directors 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.

  • Develop and implement training procedures and strategies for radiological protection, detection, and decontamination.
  • Collaborate with other officials to prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
  • Keep informed of federal, state, and local regulations affecting emergency plans and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations.
  • Train local groups in the preparation of long-term plans that are compatible with federal and state plans.
  • Propose alteration of emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of previous emergency situations.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
  • Review emergency plans of individual organizations, such as medical facilities, to ensure their adequacy.
  • Consult with officials of local and area governments, schools, hospitals, and other institutions to determine their needs and capabilities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Apply for federal funding for emergency management related needs and administer and report on the progress of such grants.
  • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
  • Provide communities with assistance in applying for federal funding for emergency management facilities, radiological instrumentation, and other related items.
  • Maintain and update all resource materials associated with emergency preparedness plans.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops related to emergency management to learn new information and to develop working relationships with other emergency management specialists.
  • Develop instructional materials for the public and make presentations to citizens' groups to provide information on emergency plans and their implementation process.
  • Design and administer emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
  • Conduct surveys to determine the types of emergency-related needs to be addressed in disaster planning or provide technical support to others conducting such surveys.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment, such as emergency management centers and communications equipment, to determine their operational and functional capabilities in emergency situations.
  • Develop and perform tests and evaluations of emergency management plans in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Inventory and distribute nuclear, biological, and chemical detection and contamination equipment, providing instruction in its maintenance and use.
  • 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.
  • Study emergency plans used elsewhere to gather information for plan development.

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Necessary Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Service Orientation
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning