Job Description

Emergency planning/management officers play a key role in planning for, protecting and maintaining public safety. Emergency planning professionals work as part of a team to anticipate and respond to threats to public safety, such as acts of terrorism, natural disasters, epidemics and major industrial accidents.

 The key areas of work are:

  • emergency planning and management;
  • business continuity management.
There are distinct career routes within emergency planning and management and business continuity management. Most people choose one of these as a specialist area in which to develop a career, with scope for a possible move into another area after gaining experience

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • responding to emergencies, such as natural disasters, and assessing the situation and level of response required;
  • communicating with emergency services and other bodies in the event of an emergency;
  • helping to coordinate the response of all non-emergency service organisations;
  • completing risk assessments for a diverse range of sites, such as chemical factories, nuclear factories, city centres and major sporting venues;
  • analysing and planning for potential risks, such as outbreaks of infections or disease, technical failure of electricity networks, major gas leaks and severe weather conditions;
  • acting as duty officer as part of a 24-hour duty system, responding to emergency situations as they arise;
  • liaising with the police, fire services, and the army;
  • giving presentations on a wide range of topics at conferences and other events;
  • working with a range of agencies to ensure that normal support for local communities continues in the event of an emergency;
  • supporting the recovery of local communities to their pre-incident state;
  • delivering safety training to staff in local authorities, businesses, voluntary agencies and other organisations;
  • raising awareness of public safety issues through attending events, developing information and delivering special projects;
  • writing and implementing safety development plans and reports;
  • providing advice and consultancy to businesses to ensure that they can carry on functioning in the event of an emergency;
  • preparing and conducting safety exercises;
  • developing new policies and procedures in response to government legislation.



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.