Rene Ortiz got his first taste of critical incident management while serving in the military. More than 20 years later, he returned to school to earn two degrees to advance in this growing field.
Just turn on your television and you’ll see why emergency management is becoming a growing career field. If it’s not blizzards, flooding or tornadoes in the Midwest on the news, it’s drought and wild fires out West, or hurricanes in the South or East.
“There have always been hurricanes and weather disasters, but in these modern times they are more aggressive and cause more damage,” says Rene Ortiz, a recent graduate of Saint Leo University’s online master’s in critical incident management program.
When natural disasters strike, it is increasingly important for law enforcement, first responders, government officials and aid organizations to understand how to manage those critical incidents, mitigate hazards, identify risks, and provide help to people impacted.