Emergency Management Specialists Job Description

The Emergency Management Specialists coordinates disaster response or crisis management activities, provides preparedness training, and prepares emergency plans and procedures for natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, or earthquakes, wartime, technological events such as nuclear power plant emergencies, hazardous materials spills disasters or hostage situations.

Objectives:

The Emergency Management Specialist must 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. The Emergency Management Specialist prepares plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disaster or emergencies, such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, and terrorist attacks, and in recovery from these events. The Emergency Management Specialist propose alterations of emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of previous emergency situations. The Emergency Management Specialist maintains and updates all resource materials associated with emergency preparedness plans. The Emergency Management Specialist coordinates disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.

The Emergency Management Specialist develops and maintains liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plans development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment. The Emergency Management Specialist keeps informed of federal, state, and local regulations affecting emergency plans and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations. The Emergency Management Specialist prepares emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments. The Emergency Management Specialist designs and administers emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters. The Emergency Management Specialist inspects facilities and equipment, such as emergency management centers and communications equipment, to determine their operational and functional capabilities in emergency situations.

Activities:

The Emergency Management Specialist must communicate with persons outside the organization in order to find out specific information and to teach people how to react in an emergency situation. The Emergency Management Specialist must communicate with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged I person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. The Emergency Management Specialist must provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. The Emergency Management Specialist develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintains them over time. The Emergency Management Specialist coordinates the police, fire, and EMT staff so that in case of an emergency everyone will be able to work together efficiently. They need to observe, receive, and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources. The Emergency Management Specialist analyzes information and evaluates results to choose the best solution and solve problems. The Emergency Management Specialist must develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize and accomplish work. The Emergency Management Specialist must keep up-to-date technically and apply new knowledge to the job. It is important that they keep up with any new government regulations or instructions regarding hazmat materials. They also need to be aware of any terrorist threats in order to keep the proper authorities informed on the job instantly. The Emergency Management Specialist must establish long range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Abilities:

The Emergency Management Specialist needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. They also need the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. During emergency situations this is a very vital part of their job. The Emergency Management Specialist needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. It is vital that when they speak it must be very clear so others can understand every word that is being said without repeating themselves. The Emergency Management Specialist must be able to identify and understand the speech of another person. It is necessary that they are capable of communication in writing so others will understand. The Emergency Management Specialist needs the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

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