Emergency Management Directors
Emergency management directors plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
The emergency management curriculum includes the study of emergency response policies, planning and systems, and disaster planning and control. Areas of study include the implementation and direction of search and rescue operations, public safety, media communications and disaster prevention.
Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods2601 N.E. Barry Road
Kansas City, 64156-1299
Jason Henry, Emergency Management Officer
I was born into a family of health care workers: physician, nurses, and numerous others who have lifelong commitments of helping others. I have worked in health care since I was 16 years old in areas of the hospital such as gift shops, medical records, phlebotomy, and emergency services. I entered the collegiate world with thoughts of going to medical school and specializing in Emergency Care. Still, I wasn’t entirely convinced that health care was my calling in life. I had a strong desire for business, law enforcement, and the military as well.
It wasn’t until after I had altered my career path (a few times) from pre-med, to criminology, and nursing that I truly realized health care’s flexible nature. By this time I was a registered nurse working in a Level 1 trauma center. I was satisfied, but my other interests were still blatantly obvious. Then the events of 9/11 on the World Trade Center and the United States ultimately changed my life.
As an emergency room nurse, I was approached with the opportunity to take the lead on emergency planning for the hospital. I jumped and have never looked back. Since 2007, I have molded and shaped an additional “responsibility” into the role of corporate Emergency Management Officer. I am now responsible for all of the emergency planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery measures for the entire health care system. Shockingly, Emergency Management fulfills all of those desires I previously longed for: business, law enforcement, health care, and the military. I interact with experts from each of these fields every day, multiple times a day. If you’re looking for flexibility and enjoy critical thinking, specifically looking at “what-if” scenarios, Emergency Management may just be the career for you.