Emily Kaster, Senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist at Tidal Basin, will be moderating a webinar with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) on August 23 at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will feature emergency management leaders discussing the newly developed Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics was created to help advance the profession of emergency management and ensure that those working in the field are held to the highest standards.
“One of my passions is the continued professionalization of emergency management – advancing and supporting our line of important work,” said Emily. “While emergency management has advanced in many areas (training, certification, jobs, associations), we still lack a Code of Ethics that so many other professions have."
“A group of researchers, practitioners, and ethicists organized a Specialist Interest Group through FEMA Higher Education and developed a draft Code of Ethics to serve as foundational tenants to guide ethical decision-making. This is not to say that emergency managers are unethical. Rather, emergency management is complicated, and practitioners are faced with tricky ethical dilemmas whether they work in consulting or government. The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to be a tool in the face of challenging decisions and to document the high moral standards that we already hold ourselves to.”
In addition to moderating the webinar, Emily has helped plan the webinar and coordinate panelists. Emily serves as the Maine State Representative on the IAEM Region 1 Executive Board.