I have been the Director of Garfield County Emergency Management for 24 years and the Director of Enid Emergency Management for the last 15. The County side of my position is Volunteer and the City side is paid. Training is at the Command Level.
The key elements of Emergency Management are to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from Disaster events. I have come to know that no matter how much we prepare, we will never be completely ready. This isn’t because of a lack of planning or training, it’s because we can’t see everything that could possibly go wrong in any given situation. We have meetings and training and go over all the information that is presented but yet there is always more. This is why training is an ongoing process and never ends. We learn from every call or event and we learn from what we call, lessons learned. Complacency is not in our vocabulary and shouldn’t be in yours either.
This is what makes the field of Emergency Management interesting and challenging. It also involves working with Law enforcement, Fire, Military and other governmental and non-governmental agencies. You meet and work with many people from different agencies and levels of training. You listen to their experiences and learn from them. This is why emergency services is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting and rewarding occupations to be in. Where else can you put your training to work helping people? It doesn’t get any better than this.
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Mike Honigsberg, Certified Director