Hurricane Sandy devastated Jersey City in 2012, like so many other cities in the Garden State. But Jersey City is also susceptible to a number of other natural disasters, including: blizzards, snowfall, wind chills, and flooding. Recently this city has dealt with both the 2011 Halloween Nor’easter and the February 2011 Nor’easter.
Jersey City’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM) is therefore a critical component for ensuring that all phases of natural and manmade disasters are swiftly and deftly handled.
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Qualifying for Emergency Management Careers in Jersey City
Individuals pursuing emergency management jobs in Jersey City must be prepared to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, either in emergency management or a closely related field in order to meet eligibility requirements for many emergency management careers.
Although educational requirements often vary between private and public entities and organizations, the large majority of employers look to a bachelor’s degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management or a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management, as the minimum education requirement for this field.
Professional Certification in Emergency Management
Due to the swiftly changing field of emergency management and the need to remain current on issues affecting the safety and well-being of the citizens of Jersey City, emergency management professionals are required to seek professional certification in one or more of the following:
- FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS) Certificate
- FEMA Advanced Professional Series (APS) Certificate
- The International Association of Emergency Managers Associate Emergency Manager (AEM)
- The International Association of Emergency Managers Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)
In addition to providing the coursework required for FEMA certification, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Managements Training Unit provides emergency management professionals from all over the state with more than 30 different courses in issues related to emergency management, such as:
- Basic Instructional Skills course
- EOC Management and Operations
- Warning Coordination
- Incident Command System (ICS)/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Interface
- Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness
- NJ Emergency Preparedness Association Conference
- Basic Workshop in Emergency Management
About Jersey City’s Office of Emergency Management
Since 2006, the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management has pursued more than $9.2 million in homeland security dollars to provide better response capabilities to its first responders. Just a few of the items these funds have been spent on include:
- Construction of a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center and equipment for the center
- Eight explosive-detecting and patrolling K-9s
- Mobile field communications command vehicle
- High-rise/tunnel rescue unit
- River operations vessel
- Security enhancements for the city water system
- Four electric patrol vehicles
- Mass response shelter unit
- Mobile explosive ordinance and disposal vehicle