Originally it was a requirement to take a few FEMA courses and participate in exercises. I dug into the material further and started pursuing additional certificates. In 2012 I was fortunate to make an out of state move and was hired into an Emergency Management Technician position. In the last decade our Office of Emergency Management grew tremendously as did the complementary degree programs for the industry. I am currently the Deputy Director and have watched our office expand to double original staffing numbers, with growth in the internal career opportunities in addition to growth and maturity of our program.