Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Want to help after the next Sandy?



Emergency management may be for you! Emergency Management Magazine, in an article by Charisma Williams, Nov 8, 2012, has some tips on how to get into this.

First, don’t wait until you get a degree in this to get involved. Learn the underlying ideologies, principles and terminology now. FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Program has 150 free online courses.

Second, get out and volunteer. Go to the Red Cross or Salvation Army, for instance. How about your local fire house? We have talked about Community Emergency Response teams on this site—search on CERT above.

Try to get an internship at a local company or organization. This also allows you to see if you like this work.

Also—try for an informational interview with someone in the news from the field. Ask for a few minutes of their time—prepare questions ahead of time. Do not leave a resume—this is not a job interview. This is a contact.

If you do all this, maybe you will someday be able to say…I am with the government and I am here to help you—and mean it!

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