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March 05, 2014

I know most of you are just like me in that when you are given new software to use that replaces what you have been using for five years--"You are thrilled!"


This new blogging tool is supposed to be more stable and therefore improved, so here goes:


Emergency Management Specialist Senior in Colorado Springs Colorado United States


The end date for applications is coming up soon, so don't delay in applying.  Note that the requirement for education, experience and certifications are the type you will be seeing more of.





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March 05, 2014

Eight days and counting until this position closes Colorado Springs Utilities seeks emergency management specialist



As per normal these days--they are looking for people with experience, a degree and certifications.  Not a "walk-on" position.


Here is the actual link to the job announcement

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February 27, 2014

There is a terrific survey that was done on the Emergency Management Profession in Canada



I thumbed through it on the train today and I was particularly interested in the backgrounds, age, education, etc. for emergency managers working in all levels of government in Canada.  For people considering a career it gives you a good feel for who your peers will be and the age separation can be daunting for newly minted emergency managers graduating from degree programs.


Personally I thought the percentage of emergency managers with a military background might have been much higher.  Many of the Canadian emergency managers I run into are former military and now with second careers in emergency management.  So, note to self, anecdotal information and experience is not always correct!


My thinking is that much of this data could be directly transferable to our situation in the United States.

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February 20, 2014

My old jurisdiction, King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has the number two position now open for applications.  See link to Deputy Director, King County OEM



In reviewing the job announcement I think they pretty accurately captured the requirements of the position.  While the Director is the face of the program the Deputy needs to keep the home fires burning and keeping the administration of what can be a very complex organization humming along.  Administrative and budget skills are critical in this position!


Then of course, when the Director is away or "on the day shift" this position will be acting in his or her place and leading the effort in an activated Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) which is what they have in King County.


Read up on the county and check out the region.  39 cities, 126 special purpose districts, 500 locally elected officials...you get the drift!  Complicated with lots of moving parts.

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February 08, 2014

I believe that the City of Bellingham's Emergency Manager's position is a one person shop.  Which is to say that the person selected for this position will be responsible for "everything" associated with emergency management---like many other communities around the nation.


See Emergency Management Magazine's article on this very subject What It’s Like to Run a One-Person  I'll blog on that one separately.  It gives you a feel for what it is like to be the Lone Ranger.


For this particular position I was pleased to see that in the description it calls for having a working relationship with the Whatcom County Emergency Management program.  Like many places in the nation it has not always been a "one team" atmosphere in the past.  This is great to see.


Neil Clement shared the link to the position.

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February 07, 2014

The State of Vermont has an opening for a Emergency Management Specialist II.  When you work for a smaller state emergency management agency you end up with lots of duties--like this position has.


Provide technical and administrative guidance to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC); develop SERC agendas, manage SERC records and minutes, maintain SERC membership, and report out at quarterly SERC meetings on EMHS related business; coordinate the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security's participation in the 13 LEPC's statewide and will attend monthly LEPC meetings as needed. Responsible for all logistics section annexes of the State Emergency Operations Plan; responsible for tasks in the State Emergency Operations Center. Serves as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) liaison during times of disaster if Vermont is called upon to assist other states. Collaborates with the DPS Grants Management Unit regarding the programmatic management of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (HMEP) Grant. Provides day to day guidance to Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) end-users of computer related hardware/software issues as well as serving as the DisasterLan, or DLAN Co-Administrator. The Co-Administrator will assist in the responsibilities pertaining to development, maintenance and training statewide to local first responders, town administrators and state agency personnel. Will act as a Duty Officer for DEMHS on a rotational basis. Will participate in exercises and drills as well as actual emergencies at the SEOC (State Emergency Operations Center) that require outside of normal business hours participation.

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February 03, 2014

Duties for the Disability Integration Advisor are:


As a Disability Integration Advisor in FEMA's Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:

-Participating as part of a team in facility site evaluation for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) within 48 hours of a validated State's request.

-Working collaboratively and providing guidance to External Affairs, Community Relations, Individual Assistance, Recovery and other program areas that interface with the community.

-Providing guidance for State and local governmental agencies to assist with ensuring people with disabilities and/or other access and functional needs, have equal access to programs and services.

-In collaboration with Support Services Branch or designee, provides guidance & technical assistance to Individual Assistance, IT and Logistics staff to establish accessibility at Disaster Recovery Center locations.

-Advising Support Services Branch and Equal Rights Advisors in the identification and evaluation of disability laws and regulations as they relate to space compliance in the various field locations.

-Working with various entities to insure all programs and services meet the needs of individuals, agency priorities and policies, as well as federal laws and guidelines.

-Collaborating with disability community members, advocates, and service organizations to meet the needs of survivors affected by a disaster. Acts as a liaison with community members and FEMA programs to address survivor needs.

-Working with Voluntary Agency Liaisons in support of long term recovery efforts.

-Providing guidance and technical assistance to the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, National Recovery Coordination Office and participating agencies. Participates in the National Disaster Recovery Framework when necessary.

-Constructing and maintaining a local advocacy and services network.

-Providing guidance regarding physical, programmatic, and effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

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February 03, 2014

In the 21st Century new skills will be needed to compete for the types of positions that will be part of the emergency management workforce.  As an example, see Criminal Cyber Analyst



You may be thinking that the position based on its title is strictly law enforcement oriented.  See two job duties that I extracted from the list of what this position does to show the cross departmental connection to emergency management and homeland security:


  •  Briefs at a classified or unclassified level, the VTIAC Director, the Homeland Security Advisor, and other federal, state, local and private stakeholders on cyber threats potentially affecting Vermont, the region or the United States.
  • Works with Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to plan, conduct or participate in exercises related to cyber issues.

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January 27, 2014

The American Red Cross has an opening (just posted) for a Regional Disaster Program Officer IV


This will be a huge job for anyone.  The geographic size, population density and very large number of organizations to coordinate with make this a daunting job.  

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January 26, 2014

For someone in the communications field this would be a great job here in Western Washington.  See Senior Community Relations/Public Engagement Planner  


When you look at allied fields of endeavor associated with Emergency Management I often have gravitated to working closely with those people who work on public communications and community engagement.  Much of what we do needs to have a community nexus and so our partnerships with this particular discipline needs to be very close.  


Perhaps you know someone who would be good for this particular position.  


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