— Working in Emergency Management
The job of the emergency manager is to alert the endangered public and reduce potential injuries and deaths. For example, meteorologists may issue
“watches” that means that conditions are suitable for a disaster to occur. A “warning” means that a disaster is going to happen and people need to take appropriate actions to protect themselves, family members, coworkers, pets, and livestock. Emergency managers use such information to help protect the public. For a tornado, a warning from the National Weather Service may result in the emergency manager turning on sirens and sending social media alerts. In the case of a terrorist threat considered “imminent,” emergency managers will likely help to inform the public. These and other comprise the work of the emergency manager, which is the focus of this chapter including a consideration of the types of events they may face as practitioners.