Guilford County, North Carolina, has been the scene of a number of major disasters, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and severe ice storms in both 2004 and 2003.
From winter blizzards to late summer hurricanes, Guilford County must be prepared to handle a wide variety of emergency situations, whether natural or manmade. The duties and obligations of Guilford County’s Office of Emergency Management and the programs and services emergency management professionals provide cannot be over emphasized.
Emergency Management Job Descriptions and Degree Requirements
Most emergency management jobs in Guilford County require a specific skillset, which is achieved through a combination of education and experience. As such, most of the following professions require a four-year bachelor’s degree in emergency management or a closely related field such as public administration, as well as several years of full-time experience working in an emergency management program.
Emergency Management Specialist
Emergency management specialists are tasked with managing the Continuity of Operations databases, gathering information for the design and development of emergency exercises, assisting in the development of emergency plans, and overseeing the Occupant Emergency Program during times of disaster.
Emergency Management Director
An emergency management director is responsible for developing and implementing all training procedures for emergency management professionals, collaborating with officials when preparing and analyzing damage assessments, and staying abreast of federal, state, and local regulations affecting emergency plans. These professionals are also charged with coordinating all disaster response and crisis activities and implementing specific programs.
Emergency Management Planner
An emergency management planner is responsible for the initial planning and revision of the Emergency Operations plan, as well as the recovery and mitigation plans and related policies and procedures. This professional also coordinates with partner agencies to develop emergency management plans and protocols and present multi-hazard preparedness training.
Training Requirements for Emergency Management Professionals
Training and continuing education, either in the form of professional certification through such entities as FEMA or the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) or through formal training courses, which satisfy the State of North Carolina’s all-hazards related qualifications. In particular, all incident management personnel must achieve minimum training and qualification standards, which often include successfully completing the following courses:
- Introduction to Incident Command System
- Basic Incident Command System
- Intermediate Incident Command System
- Advanced Incident Command System
- National Response Plan, an Introduction
- National Response Framework, an Introduction
- All Hazards Incident Management Team