Emergency planning/management officers play a key role in planning for, protecting and maintaining public safety. Emergency planning professionals work as part of a team to anticipate and respond to threats to public safety, such as acts of terrorism, natural disasters, epidemics and major industrial accidents.
The profession is growing in scope in the UK due to increased public recognition of the need to prepare for major incidents. The key areas of work are:
The role can also be known as civil resilience or civil contingencies officers. A related but distinct area is international relief and development. See international aid/development worker for more information.
There are distinct career routes within emergency planning and management and business continuity management. Most people choose one of these as a specialist area in which to develop a career, with scope for a possible move into another area after gaining experience.
Typical work activities vary according to the post and level of responsibility, but may include:
Senior officers in local authorities tend to take on more staff management and development responsibilities, moving away from direct planning and response aspects of the job.
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