By Tara Gibson - March 18, 2020
Behind the scenes, emergency management professionals work diligently to prepare for, prevent, and mitigate disasters and emergencies for institutions such as municipalities, government agencies, and more. Many residents of a town or city don’t fully understand the hard work that goes in to keeping a community safe. Emergency management coordinators have a lot of responsibility and must exhibit a wide range of skills and abilities to get the job done right.
So, let’s break down the responsibilities of an emergency management coordinator.
An emergency management coordinator typically creates and prepares specific plans and procedures for responding to threats such as a natural disaster, active assailant, or another community emergency. Zippia explains emergency management coordinators are often in charge of assisting or leading the response during and after emergencies, all while working closely with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
After emergency plans are in place, it’s important for the emergency management coordinator to run training courses and exercises for staff as well as community volunteers and local agencies to make ensure an effective and coordinated response.
During an emergency an emergency management coordinator must help in leading the emergency response and is responsible for prioritizing certain actions if necessary. An emergency situation is often hectic, so having a good grasp on procedures and communicating clearly with other team members is key.
After an emergency, an emergency management coordinator will typically assist in assessing the damages to the community. They are also responsible for coordinating getting assistance and additional supplies to the community if needed.
Zippia outlined some of the following duties of an emergency management coordinator below:
Typically, emergency management coordinators have a background in emergency response, disaster planning, or public administration, or have received education in emergency management or public health. Some emergency management coordinators have worked in business continuity, have specific licenses or certifications, or a bachelor’s degree.
In college or university, students who are interested in pursuing courses that could lead them to a career in emergency management could study crisis and disaster management or critical infrastructure protection. They could also consider a college curriculum with heavy coursework in subjects related to counterterrorism, homeland security, and protective services operations, according to Healthcare Administration Degree.
There are a few outstanding qualities many would be looking for when hiring an emergency management coordinator, especially with the variety of important tasks an individual with this job would be responsible for. Zippia breaks them down as:
Being an emergency management coordinator is not an easy job. You must possess key skills when assessing potential dangers and threats within your community, such as natural disasters, large-scale accidents, and even terrorist attacks. By devising action plans with your team, you’re working to minimize damage, injuries, and deaths.
At Rave we’re proud to work with incredibly hardworking individuals in the emergency management field and understand the difficulties this job can present. But protecting and saving lives is an incredibly rewarding career as well. Thank you to all of the emergency management professionals out there!
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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