Using the analogy by Michael J. Penner of Olathe, Kansas:
Disasters demand near-instant assemblage if a large cast of players and steamer trunks full of props. Dragged along with this hastily assembled troupe are the budensome baggage of standard operating procedures, administrative guidelines, and emergency operations plans- each unique to the responding actors and usually not fully understood by any.
As the producer, we (emergency managers) can ensure that we've reserved the proper theater and that all of its facilities are in working order, that all legal documents are well prepared, signed and up to date, that we've cast the proper players, and that a budget is in place big enough to pull it all off.
In the Stage Manager Model, it matters not whether the lead actor is the County Commissioner, the Mayor, the Fire Chief, the Sheriff, the Public Works Director or any other player. The emergency manager's role remains the same- setting and maintaing the stage.