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Entering and moving forward: Finding our way in emergency management

Amber Walbeck, MS, Bryan Land, MS, Bradley Iverson, MS, Cole Wieland, MS


Choosing a career path in emergency management can be simultaneously rewarding and taxing. The spectrum of knowledge that must be gained to be effective comes from a mix of practical experience and academic studies. Selecting a higher education program that furnishes the fundamentals of emergency management and offers a transition for many entering the field from established careers provides value worth investing in. Contained is a short dialogue of four individuals, from both public and private backgrounds, who committed to the ideal that their investment into academics will lend itself to success throughout their communities as emergency management practitioners.


academic selection, emergency management, college selection, career transitions, practitioners

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Federal Emergency Management Agency: The college list. Available at Accessed August 20, 2017.

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