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Emergency Management Directors

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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.

    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.
    • 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.
    • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
    • 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.
    • Design and administer emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
    • 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.
    • Inspect facilities and equipment, such as emergency management centers and communications equipment, to determine their operational and functional capabilities in emergency situations.
    • 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.
    • Train local groups in the preparation of long-term plans that are compatible with federal and state 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 $74,730/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $35.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 310
    • 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
    Tools
    • Two way radios
    • Radiation detectors
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Map creation software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.