Hurricane Katrina
Lessons Learned?

Michael D. Selves, CEM®
First Vice President and Chair, Government Affairs Committee
International Association of Emergency Managers

March 8, 2006

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Related Websites:
Feb. 24, 2006 IAEM Press Release, Response to White House Report on Hurricane Katrina
The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned
Appendix A: Recommendations

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Michael D. Selves, a native of Chase County, Kansas, currently serves as the Director of the Johnson County Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security in Olathe, Kansas. Johnson County is the largest county in the state with a population in excess of 470,000. It is the major suburban area of metropolitan Kansas City.

For seven years prior to coming to Johnson County, Mike was the Emergency Operations Coordinator -- Local Programs for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management in Topeka. His duties there involved the establishment of standards and development of strategies for improving the levels of emergency preparedness in all 105 Kansas counties.

Mike served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a communications and war plans officer. He retired in 1987 after numerous assignments in both the US and Europe. His last Air Force assignment was as Director, Combat Communications Support, at Headquarters Strategic Air Command where one of his missions was to lead the communications planning and support team for the US raid on Libya in 1986.

A graduate of Emporia State University, Mike earned his BS Ed. degree in 1967. He received his Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Arkansas in 1974 and completed all course work toward a Doctorate in Higher Education/Business at the University of Denver.

Mike is a graduate of the Joint Command, Control and Communications Course of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, the Air Command and Staff Course and the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He completed his Professional Development certification from the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is a Certified Emergency Manager (C.E.M.) at the national level through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and in Kansas through the Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA). He is also a Certified Public Manager (C.P.M.) and a member of both the Kansas Society and the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.

He has completed the Management Excellence Program (M.E.P.) at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a member of IAEM, KEMA, the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee. He is active in the National Assn. of Counties (NACo) where he is a member of the Board of Directors, the Homeland Security Task Force, and chairs NACo's Emergency Management Subcommittee. Mike Serves as the First Vice President and Chair of the IAEM and the KEMA Government Affairs Committees and as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Kansas Association of Counties. He is also a member of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and Co-Chair of its Emergency Planning Subcommittee for the Kansas City Metro Area.

Mike has served as an adjunct university faculty member, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses for the University of Maryland, Embry-Riddle University and the University of Kansas.