People often introduce me to others and say that I have a really interesting job. I’m not going to lie, I really do, and I’m passionate about it, but I’m not sure that people really know what a career in emergency management entails. Sometimes, I wonder myself!
Today I found this gem of a video via Eric at Emergency Management – in less than 5 minutes it does a really good job of summarising one part of my role – to respond to emergencies.
It’s great to see such a simple and engaging overview, although there are some differences, but I expect these are a product of different US concepts and terminology rather. Although, I’m not sure that the information on Improvised Nuclear Devices is absolutely correct.
But what the video doesn’t comment on, and indeed makes a less exciting cartoon, is the hours of work that go in to assessing and then managing the risk of emergencies, with activities that might include:
- the procurement of specialist equipment
- development of agreed response procedures between all organisations
- design, organisation and facilitation of training and validation
- providing communities and businesses with information or
- ensuring that following any incident, we emerge from it better prepared for the next one.
It’s certainly not just about sitting around and waiting until emergencies happen!
Any budding animators fancy building on this cartoon to show the true life in the day of an emergency manager/yours truly? Get in touch!
Avid readers may recognise this as a repost…technical problems meant that the original was unavoidably deleted!