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Emergency Management Directors - 11-9161.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Emergency Planner
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director)
  • Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Emergency Management Consultant
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Emergency Management Program Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

11-0000 Management Occupations
11-9000 Other Management Occupations
11-9160 Emergency Management Directors
11-9161.00 Emergency Management Directors

Related Occupations


  • Apply for federal funding for emergency management related needs and administer and report on the progress of such grants.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops related to emergency management to learn new information and to develop working relationships with other emergency management specialists.
  • Collaborate with other officials to prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
  • Conduct surveys to determine the types of emergency-related needs to be addressed in disaster planning or provide technical support to others conducting such surveys.
  • Consult with officials of local and area governments, schools, hospitals, and other institutions to determine their needs and capabilities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
  • Design and administer emergency or disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
  • Develop and implement training procedures and strategies for radiological protection, detection, and decontamination.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.
  • Develop and perform tests and evaluations of emergency management plans in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Develop instructional materials for the public and make presentations to citizens' groups to provide information on emergency plans and their implementation process.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment, such as emergency management centers and communications equipment, to determine their operational and functional capabilities in emergency situations.
  • Inventory and distribute nuclear, biological, and chemical detection and contamination equipment, providing instruction in its maintenance and use.
  • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation.
  • Keep informed of federal, state, and local regulations affecting emergency plans and ensure that plans adhere to these regulations.
  • Maintain and update all resource materials associated with emergency preparedness plans.
  • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
  • Prepare plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters or emergencies, such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, and terrorist attacks, and in recovery from these events.
  • Propose alteration of emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of previous emergency situations.
  • Provide communities with assistance in applying for federal funding for emergency management facilities, radiological instrumentation, and other related items.
  • Review emergency plans of individual organizations, such as medical facilities, to ensure their adequacy.
  • Study emergency plans used elsewhere to gather information for plan development.
  • Train local groups in the preparation of long-term plans that are compatible with federal and state plans.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on legal or regulatory compliance matters.
  • Communicate organizational policies and procedures.
  • Communicate with government agencies.
  • Conduct opinion surveys or needs assessments.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate special events or programs.
  • Determine operational compliance with regulations or standards.
  • Develop emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Develop safety standards, policies, or procedures.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.
  • Inspect condition or functioning of facilities or equipment.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Manage inventories of products or organizational resources.
  • Prepare operational progress or status reports.
  • Prepare proposals or grant applications to obtain project funding.
  • Prepare reports related to compliance matters.
  • Present information to the public.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Fire Direction Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Counter Intelligence Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Intelligence (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Operations, Aviation (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Security (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Special Warfare Combatant-Craft (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Special Warfare Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Disaster Preparedness Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Electronic Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Fire Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Intelligence (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Meteorology/Oceanography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Operations, Aviation (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Security (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Management Contingency/Defense (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Operations/Fire Direction Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Avionics (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Mechanical (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Ordnance Clearance Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • PATRIOT Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer (Oceanography) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Intelligence Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Search and Rescue (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Search and Rescue Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Communications Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Automated Fire Control Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • URL - Special Operations (EOD/DIV/SAL/EOM) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • URL - Special Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Production Controller

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Civil Preparedness Officer