Q: Does anyone reading this belong to an emergency management aka civil defense unit?
A: -An Emergency Management UNIT? I have heard several versions of emergency management organizations, but never have I heard one described as a UNIT. UNIT infers response only. RESPONSE is only 1 of the 4 phases of emergency management. The phases are PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE, RECOVERY, and MITIGATION. Emergency Management is handled by a local government of some type... i.e. city, county, parish, etc. Then you have state and federal offices (FEMA being the federal.) Emergency Management is then handled by a coordinator who tries to combine several resources of different types together without having the authority to do so. So, I really don't think anyone on here belongs to an Emergency Management UNIT, or they don't really know what they are talking about. I do, however, belong to an emergency management program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and I am looking to work for either FEMA or Harris County OEM. -Not sure what prompts the question, but yes. I work for the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in California. My background is telecommunications, but right now I'm working in our Information and Public Affairs (PIO) office, developing emergency public information systems like the Emergency Digital Information Service, the Recovery Channel satellite TV network, and (yes) the good old EBS. -Then again, people with a bit more maturity than a college brat generally don't talk authoratively about things they know little about. I'm a former HAZMAT and RADEF chief. We called our crews "units". Yes, there could be some confusion between that use of the term and the fire department use of "unit" which generally meant "truck" but then again, we were all big boys and girls who could tell the difference.
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