An emergency preparedness coordinator, sometimes called an emergency management coordinator, works on contingency plans that will protect a community in case of an emergency. They can work for local governments, healthcare systems, and any other organizations interested in preparing for emergencies. Emergency preparedness coordinators develop plans for keeping people safe during all matters of emergencies. They make sure that a community has the resources in place to react to an emergency, such as shelter locations. They train key employees in emergency preparedness and safety regulations, for example in dealing with Hazmat material safely. After a disaster occurs, they analyze any failures in the response plan in order to get ready for the next one.
But before someone can start applying to vacancies for emergency preparedness coordinators, they usually need a bachelor's or master's degree and some years of experience working with emergency situations, for example as an EMT.
More and more organizations are invested in preparing for emergencies. The demand for emergency preparedness coordinators is set to grow 5% by 2028 and they earn solid average salaries of $60,907 a year.