Emergency management (EM) professionals’ role is to protect people, property, critical infrastructure and the environment during emergencies and disasters. They are often involved in educating the public on how to be prepared for such events. When a disaster occurs, they are the ones that are organizing the efforts to get help to those in need. You will find emergency managers in any organization that are First-Responders during a disaster or emergency – i.e. Fire, Police, Paramedics, Hospitals, Municipalities, etc.
In Ontario, it is law that each municipality is required to have an Emergency Management Program Coordinator.   Emergency management is sometimes a role within a role. For example, a fire chief may take on the job of an emergency manager . A sample task within this role could be overseeing the implementation of a more effective communication program between various First-Responders (i.e. police, fire, mayor’s office, etc) to use during an emergency.
How do they communicate?
Working with FutureShield for a couple of years, I have had the privilege of meeting some exceptional EM pros from across our country. One aspect of FutureShield’s business is to help their customers find the right software technology to support better communications within their organizations. These men and women in charge of sourcing out such solutions are some of the most innovative, visionary and tech-savvy among their peers. They understand the advantages of using technology to assist their efforts to support the welfare of our communities. Examples – Windsor Exercise , U Windsor wins the MTIA award , BC Hydro’s security during the Olympics
Do these same people embrace social media as part of their overall communication plan? How is social media affecting their roles? How does it fit within their overall communication strategy?
- Social Media part of Halton’s Emergency Plan: Interview
- Emergency Management: Using Social Media to Save Lives?
People, Links, Related Articles:
Patrice Cloutier – Communications Strategist for the Ontario Government
IAEM – International Association of Emergency Managers
OAEM – Ontario Association of Emergency Managers