Emergency response coordinators have excellent physical capabilities as well as time management and organizational skills. They also handle themselves well under extreme pressure and are well-prepared for emergency situations. Emergency response coordinators must be able to multitask and they know how to organize people who look for leadership during dire circumstances. They must be excellent communicators who are able to make use of technology to oversee and coordinate all the people and resources involved in disaster situations. Emergency situations can occur within the military in civil agencies in medical facilities in business settings or in the community at large. According to the website www.ehow.com emergency response coordinators need an associate’s degree in business management but employers often take practical experience into account when hiring for this type of job. Training programs for an emergency response coordinator career are offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in both classroom and online formats. Also state governments and some local communities offer Certified Emergency Response Training (CERT). In addition some institutions of higher learning both public and private may offer training programs. Earning a certificate usually takes six to 12 months but earning a bachelor’s degree takes four years. Programs vary as to the type of certification or degree they award upon completion so applicants should be knowledgeable about which type or program is most suitable for the job they are seeking. The website www.payscale.com says that the annual earnings for emergency response coordinators range from approximately $34300 to $82200.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Oversees disaster response activities.
Provides disaster-preparedness training courses.
Stays informed on updated disaster strategies.
Trains others on how to implement emergency response plans.
|Also Called:||Certified Emergency Response Coordinator
Disaster Response Coordinator
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Disaster Management Coordinator