The maturation of the emergency management field is being driven in part by the developing institution of disaster academia. Older emergency managers are moving into semi-retirement, adopting new roles as educators and consultants. Accordingly we are seeing a rise in independent organizations that evaluate and accredit emergency management programs against a set of national standards. These standards are similar to the standards of property management we discussed in March, in that they evaluate an entire jurisdiction’s emergency managementpreparedness.
Emergency management is a growing field, one whose evolution is at a unique crossroad. We can roughly divide the history of the emergency management industry into two eras: pre-September 11th and post-September 11th. In the pre-9/11 era, emergency management was largely centered on natural disaster mitigation and recovery. Accordingly, training was based on experience and mentorship.
Guest Contributor: Amanda Watkins
Winding down this series on property management standards, we’ll again address three new standards in this blog entry. This week’s topics will be: Moveable Property Storage, Management of Low Risk Property and Uniform Data Management in Asset Management Records Systems.