One of our greatest challenges as emergency managers is proving our value to elected officials, the tax paying public and even to each other. When we get that quizzical look from the budget people and the pointed question from public leaders, “What does the office of emergency management do. . . exactly?” we are abysmally bad at responding effectively.

The complication is that emergency management is like insurance with an associated daily cost that no one wants to pay up front but whose value becomes apparent only when really bad things happen. Worse yet, because our primary mission is to enable effective action by OTHERS, it’s precisely when we are doing our jobs well that we are almost invisible!

This short graphic video is the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team’s shot at explaining what we do and how we do it.

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