How many annual work hours does a City Emergency Manager need to work to manage a comprehensive Emergency Management Program?

Crisis Management Consulting recently completed a report for the City of Puyallup, WA City Manager which included estimating the annual work hours for an Emergency Manager to manage, (not develop, but take over and manage) an emergency management program for a city in a metropolitan area.  Our conservative estimate was 2,835 hours in one year and our estimate did not include actual emergencies and recovery efforts.

Our review was a rapid scan snapshot of the current requirements to support the City Manager’s decision on options for staffing and managing the City’s emergency preparedness program.   Our report clearly supported a full time professional emergency manager, with plenty of hours left over to add in a ½ time support person or shared responsibilities with other departments.

Many of the hours are required to prepare annual reports, update statistics, and fulfill minimum training and exercise requirements to maintain NIMS compliance and meet state and federal grant funding contract terms.  If time and budget had permitted a more detailed review or included new program development hours and/or emergency response and recovery hours, our team estimates that the total hours would have exceeded 3,000 hours per year.

Client:  City of Puyallup, WA

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