Emergency Management Concentration
Provide Leadership in a Time of Need
Emergency management professionals, called emergency management specialists, coordinate 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, hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
The dynamic field of first response management, fire engineering and rescue operations, requires assertive leaders who can make responsible and knowledgeable decisions in emergency situations. Typically emergency management specialists are highly trained individuals who are passionate about helping others and keeping their teams safe and productive. Emergency management practitioners are trained in a variety of disciplines that support them throughout their career, and come from an increasing variety of backgrounds in both the public and private sectors.
Emergency management starts with mitigation efforts to prevent hazards from developing into disasters, and to reduce the effects of disasters when they occur. Other important components of emergency management are preparedness, the continuous cycle of planning, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation and improvement activities that ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities.
The main goal is to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Response and recovery are the final phases of emergency services, where the team mobilizes to address an emergency situation, and help restore the area to its previous state.