The Nevada Division of Emergency Management, on June 28, 2013, issued excessive heat warnings for residents and visitors in Carson City, with forecasted temperatures ranging from 100 to 117, potentially breaking all-time record highs throughout the state. Further, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently designated Carson City (a consolidated municipality that represents both city and county) as one of three counties in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to the damage caused by the state’s recent drought.
The desert-like weather of Carson City makes this area prone to extreme heat and drought, making emergency management professionals here an important part of the Carson City Fire Department’s Emergency Management Division.
The Emergency Management Division, which is charged with maintaining the Carson City Emergency Plan, outlines how emergency personnel respond to natural and manmade disasters and how citizens are assisted with emergency preparedness.
Just a few of the areas in which emergency management professionals work through the Emergency Management Division include:
- Disaster Assistance
- Earthquake Preparedness
- Flood Preparedness
- Hazardous Materials
Minimum Job Requirements for Careers in Emergency Management
All candidates for emergency management jobs in Carson City must possess a driver’s license, a degree in EM, business, public administration, or one of the natural or social sciences, and at least 2 to 3 years in planning experience, preferably in an emergency response situation.
Individuals seeking careers in emergency management in Carson City should expect to undergo a pre-employment background check and drug screening upon being offered employment.
Professional training opportunities are available through the Emergency Management Division for current emergency management professionals in Carson City.
Professional certification through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) or through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is often chosen by emergency management professional seeking to broaden their knowledge of emergency management and show their commitment to their profession.
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in Carson City
The job of emergency preparedness coordinator involves supervising, recruiting, and managing emergency plans, ensuring they are fully integrated with the Emergency Operations Plan. These emergency management professionals develop, evaluate and plan disaster activities and coordinate these activities with adjoining agencies. During an emergency declaration, they provide instruction, with includes directing volunteers.