Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses

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The past year has demonstrated the necessity of strong emergency preparedness skills in unprecedented ways regardless of the type of challenge, whether man-made or natural. With the continued impacts of climate change and constant challenges facing our communities — it’s best to be prepared. This webinar will provide an opportunity for park and recreation professionals to become familiar with the free learning opportunities provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI). EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution that provides distance and classroom training to federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, public and private-sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training. Offerings cover issues around natural resource management as well as pre-planning, mitigation and response efforts that range in focus from community emergency management training to organizational management training and steps for applying to FEMA for funding. 


Learning Objectives 
Following this session, learners will be able to: 

  1. Become familiar with FEMA’s EMI distance and classroom training programs. 
  2. Learn how to connect with the free learning opportunities provided by EMI.


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

Michael Sharon (he/him/his)

Deputy Superintendent | Emergency Management Institute | National Preparedness Directorate

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Michael Sharon is the Deputy Superintendent at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. EMI is part of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). He was previously the Federal Preparedness Coordinator and National Preparedness Division Director at FEMA Region III, the Operations Planning Branch Chief, and Regional Integration Branch Chief.  Mike is a career emergency manager who also held positions at the U.S Department of State, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Maryland Emergency Management Agency.  Mike directly supports FEMA’s disaster response efforts as Chief of the National Response Coordination Center’s Gold Team and also as a liaison to the U.S. Secret Service during special security events.

Michele White (she/her/hers) (Moderator)

Program Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Michele White is a program manager for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) whose work is centered in how parks advance conservation, sustainability, and resiliency for communities across the country.  She has a B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM).  She is passionate about the connection of sustainably managed open space and their support of healthy and resilient communities.  

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