The International Association of Emergency Management has developed the following professional guiding principals for Emergency management:
Comprehensive- Emergency managers consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts to relevant to disasters.
Progressive- Emergency managers anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster resistant and disaster-resilient communities.
Risk Driven- Emergency managers use sound risk management principles (hazard identifications, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources.
Integrated- Emergency managers ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of community.
Collaborative- Emergency managers create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.
Coordinated- Emergency managers use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges.
Professional- Emergency managers value a science and knowledge based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.