The Education of an Emergency Manager

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This week we are discussing the education of emergency management vs training. Why it is important to get a formal education. However, you do not need a degree, because there are certificate programs out there for you as well.

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2 thoughts on “The Education of an Emergency Manager”

  1. I thought that the concept that emergency management professionals having varied educational background was very interesting. I’m currently pursuing my AA (and eventually my BA and possibly MA) for Emergency Management. I have 12 years of EMS experience where I started as an EMT and worked my way up to supervisor and training manager without a 4-year degree. The process was difficult and took quite a bit of time to work my way up through the ranks. I believe that a ‘hybrid’ approach like the one mentioned in the podcast episode where experience + a degree/certificate would have accelerated this process significantly and potentially opened up some other doors that were closed to me.

    I wish that more EMI classes were open to the private-sector so unaffiliated individuals like myself could take advantage of these educational opportunities. These classes could be used to build a resume and eventually put oneself into a position to parlay this education into a job with the government sector or NGO.

  2. Richard, you are right that the whole community (private-sector) concept does not apply to FEMA training.

    You can attend more EMI classes and others from CDP/TEEX, etc., to take advantage of these educational opportunities. The key is to join an official “volunteer organization” like Team Rubicon, CERT, or other VOADs. They can sign your training form and you go as a volunteer. The plane ticket, bus, housing, and course is free, but you pay for food on campus. It’s a great deal. Not only will you learn skills from the volunteer disaster organization but you get the opportunities for tons of training.
    https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/

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