Unit One: Emergency Management: Setting the Scene
Manager as Stage
is not a good
way to handle
is far too often
state, or tribal
area, you are a
as well as a
producer and a director—all rolled into one.
You are a key
player in ensuring a well-executed performance.
The emergency manager is responsible for coordinating the
plans of the various components of the emergency management
system—fire and police, emergency medical services, public
works, volunteers, and other groups contributing to the
community’s management of emergencies.
This is the
producer role, as Penner views it.
As the producer, we (emergency managers)
can ensure that we’ve reserved the proper
theater and that all of its facilities are in
working order, that all legal documents are
well prepared, signed and up to date, that
we’ve cast the proper players, and that a
budget is in place big enough to pull it all off.
As the emergency manager, you are also the stage director, but
you must understand your relationship to the rest of the cast.
The emergency manager is not the main actor.
disaster, the emergency manager helps manage the application
of resources that other managers control.
A fire chief, a police
chief, a public works director, and a medical services
coordinator are emergency response managers who control
The emergency manager does not replace them or
usurp their jobs.
The emergency manager helps these other
managers apply their resources wisely and in a coordinated
The emergency manager is a stage manager,
producer, and director.
The Emergency Manager