Emergency Management Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Emergency management officers evaluate potential and actual disasters, ensuring adequacy of warning systems, shelters, and disaster preparedness plans. Emergency management officers prepare and administer measures to cope with chemical, nuclear weapon, reactor, and radiological accidents and incidents.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Organizes disaster preparedness functions and teams
  • Plans, develops, and administers disaster preparedness program, including nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) defense
  • Prepares and administers measures to cope with chemical, nuclear weapon, reactor, and radiological accidents and incidents
  • Provides mutual assistance for civilian and military authorities
  • Supervises the detection, location, isolation, and decontamination of nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards
  • Serves as direct liaison to civil and federal authorities to plan, prepare for, coordinate, and execute civil disaster assistance programs pursuant to natural or manmade disasters
  • Establishes test programs for equipment and/or ordnance systems
  • Determines efficiency rating of ships by planning, organizing, conducting, or evaluating competitions and exercises
  • Directs, coordinates, and supports search and rescue operations
  • Determines adequacy of rations, medical stores, signaling devices, and other survival equipment

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work