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What Is an Emergency Management Coordinator and How to Become One

What Does an Emergency Management Coordinator Do?

Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs) develop and lead training activities for emergency response teams. As an EMC, you assess potential dangers and threats in the area, such as natural disasters, large-scale accidents, or terrorist attacks, and devise action plans to minimize damage and deaths. These plans map out where and how emergency personnel should react when an emergency occurs. To pursue a career as an EMC, you need several years of experience working with emergency response teams, such as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or paramedic. Many positions also require a bachelor’s degree and a license or certification. You need excellent leadership and communication skills and the ability to think and act quickly in high stress situations.

How to Become an Emergency Management Coordinator

To become an emergency management coordinator, you need a bachelor’s degree in a field like emergency management, public health, public administration, or business depending on your interest and whether you wish to work in the public or private sector. Because your duties and responsibilities require you to work with a team to develop the plans, activities, materials, and equipment needed for an emergency response plan, you need excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, organization, research, and communication skills. Other helpful qualifications include experience within the emergency sector, such as in a military, police, or healthcare role and strong computer and information technology skills, which are now increasingly necessary in both the public and private sector.