The Essential Emergency Manager:

What They Do and How They Do It

Essential Emergency Manager

One of the greatest challenges for emergency managers is proving their value to elected officials, the tax paying public and even to each other.  When they get that quizzical look from the budget people and the pointed question from public leaders, “What does the office of emergency management do. . . exactly?” they sometimes struggle to communicate this information effectively.

According to some emergency managers, the complication is that emergency management is like insurance with an associated daily cost that no one wants to pay up front but whose value becomes apparent only when really bad things happen. Worse yet, because their primary mission is to enable effective action by OTHERS, it’s precisely when they are doing their jobs well that they are almost invisible!

This short graphic video is the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team’s (RCPT) shot at explaining what they do and how they do it.