Emergency Manager

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Emergency management is the practice of preventing, preparing for, and dealing with natural and human-made hazards. The emergency manager works at local, state, and/or national levels to avoid disasters-including fires, floods, severe storms, disease outbreaks, and terrorist attacks-and to support relief/mitigation efforts. This role covers a wide range of activities, from the design and construction of temporary shelters and warning devices, to the evacuation of disaster victims, the management of public information/media relations, and the use of catastrophe computer-modelling methods to estimate populations' vulnerability and to analyse risks in the insurance industry.

Emergency managers frequently liaise with public authorities (for example, police, fire, and ambulance services) and private organisations to develop and implement emergency response procedures and policies. They may design emergency education programs and training exercises, and communicate this information to an organisation's staff, or the general public at large.

Entry-level positions in this field typically require an undergraduate bachelor's degree, although a focus on environmental science, public administration, business management, civil/environmental engineering, and related fields may be particularly beneficial. Experienced positions may require extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, policies, and procedures, in addition to postgraduate Masters qualifications in emergency management, public policy, or environmental science.

For more information, refer to Australia's federal coordinating and advisory body for emergency management, Emergency Management Australia, or the State Emergency Service (NSW).