Emergency Management Directors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.5% (slower than the average)


What Emergency Management Directors Do

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.

Other Job Titles Emergency Management Directors May Have

Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Planner, Emergency Services Director

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Watch Desk Officer ,

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

As an Emergency Preparation Coordinator (Watch Desk) for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, my main responsibilities are providing a common operating picture and maintain situational awareness on incidents that may have an impact on public safety. I receive requests for the arson division, department of environmental management, and radiation division. I also create weather assessments and storm summaries for severe weather events. I am on call 24/7 in the case of an emergency.

Disaster Program Manager ,

American Red Cross

Every day is different, but you won't be sitting behind a desk or married to a phone for more than 2 hours at a time. Depending on your territory, you could spend a lot of time traveling.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, response efforts, or 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.

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