Principles of Emergency Management
and the Emergency Management Roundtable

Michael D. Selves, CEM®
Past President, International Association of Emergency Managers
Member, Emergency Management Roundtable

February 13, 2008

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Related Websites:

Principles of Emergency Management Flyer
Principles of Emergency Management Brochure
FEMA's Higher Education Emergency Management Principles Web page

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10 Ratings Submitted: 9 attended, 1 read transcript
2 (20%) Academia 3 (30%)
4 (40%) Business 0 (0%)
2 (20%) Government 5 (50%)
2 (20%) Volunteers 0 (0%)
0 (0%) Other 2 (20%)

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"Useful insight into the thinking processes of professional emergency managers. Heavy on jargon."
Marilyn Wright, Dr.PH

"Very good sum up of the POEM. Can someone please get back to me regarding approaching Public Safety Canada and other Canadian groups for endorsement?"
David Black
University of Toronto
[Note: forwarded question to presenters.-ajs]

"Gained new insights into the Principles of Emergency Management. I was not previously aware of publication of those principles."
Skip Boren
City of Sherwood, OR

"Great topic once again. Appreciate."
Cedric Corpuz
Navy Medicine West

"One of my students from Virginia Commonwealth University took part as did I. My student holds a significant position in the EM field. He questioned the need for the POEM project before the presentation. After the presentation and the Q&A session, he told me he had changed his mind and now realizes why it is important. Other students in the same course will be reading the transcript and commenting on it. The course is on private sector issues in preparedness and security. They already have read some other transcripts, one by Andrew Howell of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and one on certification issues. Thans so much, Avagene and Amy, for the rich educational resource that you have created and that you continue to maintain in EIIP, the Virtual Forums, the website, and the archives."
Paula Gordon

"Enjoyed the session. Wayne Blanchard's comments were especially useful because they identified work to be done and further actions to be taken. Mike Selves brought an interesting perspective to the problems of getting principles of EM adopted."
William R. Cumming
Vacation Lane Group

"Sorry if I might be seeming negative about this session. How unfortunate that the Question and Answer session couldn't be published. Mike Selves' responses were slow ... maybe Mike doesn't use a keyboard regularly. That's unfortunate, as Mike is a good guy, one-on-one. Overall I was disappointed with this forum."

"As a Masters student in EM, I am a newcomer to reading the forum, but find it extremely informative. Sharing information, more particularly current issues and evolutions in the profession in this forum add to knowledge of those entering the field. For me, and quite possibly other students of the field, the question and answers portion is a very unique look at the experts in our arena. It allows more detail and knowledge transfer than that of the more crafted presentations portion. Many insights and not-so-well-known facts are gleaned from this portion of the forum. Curious that the amount of sharing of ideas was hindered by the answers not being made available. An opportunity is currently not there to gain more guiding knowledge from the guest who has much experience to share."
J. Brewer

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Michael D. Selves, a native of Chase County, Kansas, recently retired from his position as 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.

Mike 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 has been active in the National Assn. of Counties (NACo) and serves as Past President of IAEM. He is a member of the Emergency Management Roundtable, and originally sparked the discussion which ultimately led to the development of the Principles of Emergency Management.

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.