Emergency Management for Universities
Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Steven J. Charvat, CEM
Emergency Management Director
Office of Emergency Management, University of Washington

January 12, 2005

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University of Washington Office of Emergency Management
Symposium 2005: Best Practices in Risk Reduction for Colleges and Universities
FEMA Disaster Resistant Universities Program

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Steven Charvat is the first Emergency Management Director for the University of Washington in Seattle. Selected in April 2003 after a nationwide search, Mr. Charvat is responsible for developing a new comprehensive emergency management program serves as a model for other colleges and universities nationwide.

Previously, he served as the Director of the Training, Exercises, Mitigation and Plans (TEMP) Division of the District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency in Washington, DC. From 1999 - 2000, Mr. Charvat was the Emergency Management Practice Area Leader for the Marasco Newton Group, an employee-owned consulting company in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining Marasco Newton, he served 10 years as the first full-time Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Charvat completed FEMA's Professional Development Series in 1993 and is one of the country's first Certified Emergency Managers (CEM). Mr. Charvat served 4 years as Chairman of the Board of the international CEM Commission, and is a recent past President of the International Assoication of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Mr. Charvat is a past 2-term President of the Arizona Emergency Services Association. He is also a member of the Washington State Emergency Managers Association, the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, the American Radio Relay League, the National Fire Protection Association, IAEM, - and is a founding member of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

Mr. Charvat earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Valparaiso University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University. He has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Crisis and Emergency Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.