Emergency and Security Management: A Career of a Different Kind

There is a whole field of career opportunities out there that most people don’t even realize exists. But it won’t be a secret for much longer.If you can keep a calm head in an emergency, are organized and detail-oriented, and can manage relationships, then a career in emergency management and security might be perfect for you.When an emergency of some kind happens, the people we usually see are the first responders – police, firefighters and paramedics. However, when a large event occurs, like a gas spill, a train derailment, a terrorist attack, a forest fire or an earthquake, there is a whole team of people running the show from behind the scenes. And that’s where the emergency management profession comes in.This field is one that very few people know about, so competition for jobs is low, and salaries tend to be high. The demand for qualified people to fill these positions is growing in an economy where many career fields are suffering. Why?Population increases mean more and more people are living in areas where a disaster is likely to occur – like near forest fire, flood and earthquake hazard zones. Climate change is also affecting the incidence of and locations of emergencies and is bringing the importance of emergency planning and response to light. We’re living in an age where domestic and international security concerns are high. And, there is a growing recognition of the need to implement solid business continuity practices to ensure businesses can weather emergencies and disasters.Who Are Emergency Managers? For many years, first responders were the same people who fulfilled behind-the-scenes roles as emergency managers. They juggled both the responsibilities of emergency management and their main job duties. They didn’t necessarily have specific training in the field, and because emergency management duties were “off the side of the desk,” they didn’t get the attention they deserved.Today, emergency and disaster response departments are discovering the advantages of appointing positions to strictly oversee the emergency management function – someone whose attention isn’t divided. This opens up a whole field of careers for people who aren’t first responders, but who would thrive in a job where they are just as instrumental in saving lives, preserving our environment, and protecting people and assets from disaster.What Are Some of the Jobs in this Field? Depending on your training, experience and education, there are several career paths you can take. The most common job titles include:

Emergency Program Coordinator
Disaster Planning Specialist
Director of Safety and Security
Manager of Security
Business Continuity Specialist
Risk Management SpecialistEmergency Program Coordinator: One career path is as an or emergency program coordinator for your local city or municipality. In this role, you will put together and update the community’s emergency plan, which will include an analysis of hazards and risks in the area, and strategies for prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. In layman’s terms, the plan will answer the following questions:

What types of emergencies is my community vulnerable to? Are we located in an earthquake zone? Do many trains carrying hazardous materials run through our community? If it rains too much, are we vulnerable to mud slides?
What strategies can we put in place to prevent emergencies from taking place altogether – or mitigate their effects if they do happen? Should we restrict building permits in mud slide areas? Clear dead trees in forest fire zones? Outline clear disaster response routes?
How will the community manage the response if an emergency does occur? Where will we set up an Emergency Operations Centre (a location from which an emergency can be managed)? Who should be involved – do we need representatives from first response agencies, hydro, forestry, First Nations? How will they be trained and know how to work together?
Where will the general public go if an emergency happens? Do we have a team of trained Emergency Social Services workers to ensure that receptions centres are set up and staffed?
When the emergency is over, how will the community recover? Are many people, animals and businesses displaced? Has infrastructure, such as roads, hydro or railways been disrupted? Will we need to liaise with non-profit disaster organizations for recovery assistance?You will also be responsible for setting up and maintaining the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), developing relationships with individuals, businesses, and organizations in your community, and managing training and exercise programs. For example, during planning for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the City of Vancouver ran several exercises simulating emergency events that could happen. These exercises helped identify gaps in training or skills that could then be remedied prior to the event.Where Else Are Emergency Program Coordinators Employed? Today, you will find emergency management specialist positions in many organizations, including colleges, universities, hospitals, healthcare organizations, utility companies and private businesses like shopping centres and hotels. In these organizations the duties are similar – you still create the emergency management plan, develop relationships and arrange training and exercise programs – but the difference is that your main audience is not the residents of your community, but the staff, students, customers or tenants at your organization. Your job is to make sure plans are in place to protect your people and property before, during and after an emergency.An additional function in these positions is business continuity. Often, you will create a business continuity plan to ensure that key organizational functions can continue if a disaster occurs and you will be able to get business processes back up and running as soon as possible after an incident. For example, you may make plans to duplicate and store important computer data, such as student, customer or accounting records, at a secure second location – so if there is a fire, flood or other incident, you will still be able to access files. This role has become so important in recent years that some organizations hire specific business continuity specialist positions.Specialist Positions: In addition to the positions mentioned above, many larger communities employ specialized positions such as:

Emergency Social Services Director
Emergency Social Services Volunteer Coordinator
Search and Rescue Manager
Training Specialist
Exercise Design CoordinatorAdditionally, many international not-for-profit organizations assist in helping communities respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. These organizations are numerous, ranging from well-known associations such as the Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance to lesser known organizations focused on a specific area, such as large animal disaster response. Many rewarding career opportunities are available with these organizations, such as:

Disaster Planning Assistant
Disaster Relief Coordinator
Volunteer CoordinatorThe Merging Fields of Emergency Management and Security So where does security come in? Historically, the fields of emergency management and security were separate. The emergency manager created plans around natural disasters and emergencies, whereas the security manager or director of safety and security would be responsible for keeping the campus, workplace or community safe from criminal activity. However, over the last 10 years, these fields have been merging, especially with private organizations, such as universities, hospitals, and utility and transportation companies.Today, many organizations have created departments that combine these functions. In other organizations the roles are combined.In addition to the emergency management functions described above, in these combined roles you can be expected to be in charge of or coordinate standard security functions, such as:

Perimeter and building security systems and procedures
Managing security guards
Risk analysis and management
Investigating criminal and other incidents and liaising with law enforcementHow Much Will I Make? Depending on your educational background and experience, you can expect to make between $36,000 and $110,000 annually. Recent high level job postings have reached as high as $140,000. Here are some typical salary ranges:

Emergency program assistant with a private organization, university, hospital or government agency: $36,000 to $45,000 annually.
Emergency coordinator, training coordinator, exercise design coordinator or business continuity specialist with a university, healthcare organization, private business, government agency or community: $45,000 to $65,000 annually.
Emergency program manager with a small to medium-sized community: $60,000 to $90,000 annually.
Manager of Security and Emergency Management for a university, hospital, utility company, or casino: $65,000 to $100,000 annually.
Director of Emergency Management for a large city: $90,000 to $140,000 annually.What Kind of Education Do I Need? For emergency coordinator or training specialist roles, you should have a minimum of a Certificate in Emergency Management. You may also consider a specialist certificate in an area such as exercise design. For progressive roles, leadership roles or roles combining emergency management, business continuity and security functions, an academic diploma or bachelor degree is recommended.Where Can I Study? Emergency management and security programs are now offered at select universities and colleges across Canada. You can choose from certificate level programs that train you in basic skills, and diploma and bachelor degree programs, that can provide you with a strong base of management and leadership skills in addition to studies in emergency planning and business continuity. Some programs at the bachelor level even combine studies in emergency and security management to meet the job requirements of these merging fields. Some programs are offered on-site, while others are offered completely online.What Kind of Experience Do I Need? To qualify for an entry level position, often you will need the minimum of a certificate and some experience in communication, program coordination, volunteer coordination, office procedures or customer service. Here are some entry level roles that you can often take on a part-time basis, and will provide a valuable foundation in some basic functions:

Customer Service Representative
Communications Assistant
Volunteer Coordinator
Office Assistant
Security GuardA great way to increase your chances of landing that first job is to volunteer with an organization involved in public safety or disaster response. Some organizations to consider are:

Emergency Social Services
Search and Rescue
St. John’s Ambulance
The Red Cross
The Disaster Animal Response TeamA Career of a Different Kind If you’re outgoing, organized and enjoy analyzing information, putting plans together, developing relationships and making a difference, then a career in emergency management might be right for you. To explore this career option in more detail, visit the emergency management careers page, where you will find recent job postings.

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Influencer Marketing: Deep Understanding and Its Basics

We know that in the Celebrity Industry, everything is a buzz, every move a celebrity makes is a huge gossip. Well, in Business and Marketing there’s also what we call “hot issue”, there are lots of effective methods spreading online and “Influencer Marketing” is the one who raised up and outstands among them.Today, we are living in a world full of marketing and business. When you think of doing an advertisement? What comes to your mind? Magazine headlines? TV Commercials? I’ll tell you the truth, they may not be as effective like before. Time changes, an effective advertising changes too. Now, Influencers simply speak up some magic sentences on their 1-3 minute video and then Voila! Sales do come true! These influencers with their extensive and large number of followers can make you outstand from that chaotic and old-fashioned advertising methods out there, on the other hand, it will also bring ultimately massive value to your brand.So what is Influencer Marketing? This article will answer almost all of your questions about influencer marketing.Before we dig deep to its understanding and insights. We first define the two words:

Influence is the ability to have an effect on the behavior, development, character, and decisions of someone or something, and even the effect itself.

Marketing is an activity of a business promoting or selling products and services.

So when the two words combine, Influencer Marketing is a type of marketing which utilize “influencers” who have the capacity to influence others to buy what are they promoting or selling.There are two forms of influencer marketing:

Social Media Marketing: Refers to the series of action of gaining traffic and attention through social media sites.

Content Marketing: Refers to a type of marketing which involves creating, publishing and sharing of online material such as videos, blogs and social media posts. It doesn’t absolutely promote a brand to generate interest in its products and services.
Both have different definitions, but they seemed to be connected.Influencer marketing might be a hot issue right now, but it is not new at all, in fact, influencer marketing has been alive since the time we discovered social media sites. Celebrities, Sports Enthusiasts, and Leaders were our first influencers in their particular fields and brands would partner with them to promote their products and services. Here are some good characteristics Influencer Marketing is armed of:Influencer Marketing is UniqueSocial media communication has already given everyone the opportunity to voice out their own perception. Anyone who has the ability to speak, and has the internet connection are welcome to share their content. Anyone who owns a smartphone could produce high-quality photography and share it with the world with their personal social media accounts. And who among them has the great and most intriguing engagement will rise and might become an influencer.Influencer Marketing is AuthenticYes, you read it right. Have you seen an advertisement online regarding the easiest way to lose those sloppy fats on your belly? Have you ever felt a single cell in your body that believes those advertisements? Or, have you seen an advertisement on TV regarding a soap which could immediately whiten your skin after just one wash? How possible is that? No offense but this is why and what makes Influencer Marketing authentic and more effective than those traditional advertising you see through online, TV commercials, etc.Influencer campaigns are more organic and genuine than those traditional advertisements you encounter, why? Firstly, Influencers are visible and had experienced or used the product or service that has been offered. They are seen as scrutinized role models and leaders. Investing your time, effort and money on fertilizing their audience and connecting with their following is much worthy as these influencers are more trusted and had become the most trusted sources for the consumers. Meaning, people listen and believes in them.Influencers help you with your Brand imageSocial media has the ability to drive traffic to your website. It can create a much stronger bond between you and your customers, boosts your SEO and could generate media coverage. Influencers are absolutely your “Superman” when you needed a hand to boost up your brand’s name and create a big buzz on various social media sites. They will help you target the right demographic, grow your social media network, shares ideas regarding on creating your content and boosts your SEO.Influencer Marketing is Cost EffectiveIf you are tired already from posting some flyers anywhere in your area but did not get any sales at the end of the day. Influencer Marketing is the best method for you. Although there is no fixed price when it comes to Influencer Marketing, either you offer them free item, pay them by performance-based, or others suggests a “flat rate” pricing. But I tell you, influencer marketing has the best ROI. A lot of research had already proved that it is bound to be more affordable and effective than the traditional advertising.

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The Truth About Home Based Businesses That You Need To Know About

Home based businesses are a trending concept that continues to grow despite almost every other business industry suffering depression and lack of growth. What gives? For starters, the setup cost for home based businesses are extensively less than that of starting your own business. Also, most home based businesses have a pre-set system or “vehicle” in which the business owner can leverage to market and promote their products/services quickly and effectively. Most home based businesses also have a training system upon which new businesses can learn the “ins and outs” of the business system to become well-versed in their new craft pursuit of entrepreneurship. There are also additional benefits of a home based business that I don’t have time to get in to right now but you can read it on your own time written by AllBusiness.com.The advantages of owning a home based business has its caveats though, and that is what is really the truth about home based businesses. (NOTE: For the purposes of this post, when I refer to home based businesses, I am referring to the network marketing specialty of home based businesses) As far as the fundamental principle is concerned, it’s this:THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EASY HOME BASED BUSINESSES!Does that deflate “your mountain top”? If so, then that means what you are really looking for is a scam or pyramid scheme, because only those are considered and flaunted as “EASY” because the people that purport it as a “home based business opportunity” are just looking to dupe people in to paying them some sort of initiation fee. Then, they claim to “pay” you by basically taking someone else’s initiation fee and giving it to you as “commission”.It’s a pretty low-life scheme if you ask me, but if think you can do that to other people and still be able to look at yourself in the mirror without an ounce of shame, then go nuts. Just promise me you will NEVER come back to my site again. We don’t want those kind of people reading our material; we only want to help those that want to genuinely be in business.Look, owning a home based business and operating it to succession is not the most complicated process in the world. Is it easy? NO! But it doesn’t involve you deriving crazy algorithms and trying to outsmart systems that are already in place for your home based businesses.What it does entail is that you need to put time and effort in it, just like any other business you would start from scratch. Home based businesses for the most part are much harder to get off the ground compared to a traditional brick and mortar business. However, you have to grasp the true concept of home based businesses:you are essentially setting out to work your butt off for a few years to fine tune your system and fill it up to a degree upon which once you step away, your system runs itself.Sounds like the same deal as opening a series of chain stores of franchises right? Well, because it is! Home based businesses like network marketing involve the same ideals and concepts as that of a franchise, but with MUCH LESS CAPITAL INVESTMENT! The average home based business startup cost is around ~$500 – $2000, while franchises start at $50,000 up to $1,000,000 (for a McDonald’s, if you can find one for sale). If you are curious what your startup costs are, you can search for “Home Business Startup Calculators” on Google.We are going to go “X-Files” on this deal and lay it down like it is:- requires time (effective network marketers in the beginning will spend at least 8-10 productive hours per week dedicated to their business. If you don’t know what quantifies as productive hours, get with your team leaders and find out- requires effort (you have to treat it like your baby in the beginning, and the best way to do that is to generate driven goals for yourself)- involve continued capital: you will need to plan to spend extra on top of your initial investment to get some marketing and promo materials and strategies out in the open, especially if you plan to utilize advanced internet marketing techniques. Trust me, it’s not as much as you think… it’s peanuts compared to what you need to consistently put in to a traditional business.- provide a training system that YOU must be committed to learning from. They are there for a reason, so leverage them to learn how to build a successful business from them and IMPLEMENT!- are HARD WORK in the beginning because you are not on a huge budget like other businesses. You can either spend a lot more money to set up funnels and systems, or do it organically with your own blood and sweat. The choice is yours, but either way, you have WORK THE NUMBERS.Hopefully, you don’t feel depressed about what we discussed in this post. We don’t prefer to sugar-coat things… and this time is certainly no different. Remember, you are an entrepreneur in your home based business. What that means is that you have two choices: work with everyone and pull your hair out trying to drag people along on your back, or dispense the information as it is and find the quality people that WANT TO WORK WITH YOU.

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