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Date:  January 16

Time:11 am EST/8 am PST to 6 pm EST/3 pm PST


8 Contact Hours/0.8 CEUs

This 8-hour class provides executive leadership with the operational philosophy for emergency management operations. The class explores the roles and responsibilities of executive leadership and how they fit into the EM continuum. This course is available in-person or live via on-line delivery, as well as customized for local jurisdictions.

Who Should Attend:

  • Local elected leaders (Mayors, County Commissioners, City Council, Sheriffs, State Representatives, Members of Congress).
  • Local appointed leaders (County Administrators, City Managers, Police Chiefs).
  • Local executive leadership (City/County Department heads and deputies, Law Enforcement Command Staff).
  • Local Non-Governmental Organization Leadership (Non-profit, .
  • Community Group Leadership and local faith-based leadership.
  • Anyone wanting to better understand Emergency Management concepts.


What You Will Learn:

  • The importance of the “Culture of Preparedness”.
  • Your role in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
  • The functions and role of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • The basic concepts of ICS (Incident Command System).
  • Your role in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • How executive leadership can support EM.
  • How to nurture a virtual EOC (VEOC) environment.



  • What is a “Culture of Preparedness”?
  • What is an EOC?
  • Emergency Management Basics
  • What is ICS?
  • What is NIMS?
  • Managing Disasters from a local perspective.
  • EOC core functions and philosophy.
  • EOC/EM staffing and organization.
  • Post-Class Assessment.


Instrcutor: Paul Seldes

Instructor Paul Seldes is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM), and a Florida Master Instructor (FMI). He has served in leadership roles for a large Florida coastal County and served in Command and General staff positions on a Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT). He has supported operations at events of national significance including the 2020 and 2021 Superbowl and several space launches. Mr. Seldes responded to large disasters as part of Command and General Staff including several major hurricanes, the 9-11 terrorist attacks in NYC, and multiple tornadoes, flooding events, and wildfires. Mr. Seldes is a scuba Instructor-Trainer with SDI-TDI and has advised public safety dive teams and accident investigators.

Emergency Management: An Executive Operational Philosophy

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