Where it Can Take You
Disaster and Emergency Management is one of the fastest growing fields in North America. Graduates can find employment in the public sector, private sector, non-profit and industry sectors. Many organizations require Disaster and Emergency Management professionals in the areas of policy development, public education and awareness, land-use/urban planning, business continuity management, risk and crisis management, disaster risk reduction, and developing corporate and community resilience.
Who should apply?
- Experienced emergency response, public safety, or military professionals looking to expand their understanding of the field and take their careers to the next level
- High School graduates looking to enter the field of Disaster and Emergency Management
- Mature learners interested in a career change into this dynamic and emerging field
Typical Responsibilities of Emergency Management Practitioners
- Develop and maintain emergency management related plans. This includes participating in a wide range of activities from hazard and risk analysis to plan development.
- Conduct a hazard assessment and risk analysis.
- Identify appropriate mitigation strategies.
- Develop and maintain an emergency preparedness program.
- Develop training plans that guide the training or awareness level of key stakeholders.
- Develop, conduct, and evaluate exercises.
- Develop the Command Post (CP) and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and their respective Protocols. (Pre-incident planning).
- Manage or work within an EOC.
- Provision of expert advice to senior officials.
- Public and media relations.
- Manage or assist with Disaster Recovery Programs.
- Innovative problem solving related to risk reduction
- Strong focus on resiliency building and continuity management
- Risk management and crisis management
Personal attributes of Emergency Management Practitioners
- Has effective time management skills.
- Able to accept changing work priorities, organizational and political change and direction.
- Able to manage a variety of concurrent projects and priorities.
- Can accept and work in stressful and dynamic situations.
- Able to be adjust leadership style for different situations and scenarios.
- Can provide and receive constructive criticism.
- Able to critically reflect on actions and decisions as part of a continuous improvement process
- Able to communicate effectively using verbal and written methods, to listen effectively and to paraphrase appropriately.
- Able to work effectively as a team member, has knowledge of the attributes of successful teams and the principles of motivational theory.
- Able to make effective, objective decisions in a variety of situations, especially under stress.
- Self-aware (of own strengths and weaknesses).
- Has experience of/able to conduct meetings effectively.
- Able to facilitate training sessions and debriefings.
- Ongoing, passionate learner; awareness of current Disaster and Emergency Management trends and initiatives.
- Able to foster collaboration and resolve conflict.
Graduate Information & Opportunities
- Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact email@example.com
- For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org