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Emergency Management Directors

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 76060/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 36.57/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 340
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

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