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May Chapter Meeting (Virtual)


May 12, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Topic: Project Management in the World of Emergency Management

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Join us in our discussion about emergency management. Emergencies, even in the midst of chaos, are projects that not only could be, but should be managed as such. Emergency management is more than police, fire and EMS. Emergency management is more than search and rescue efforts at sea. Emergency management is more than the response to an incident. Emergency management encompasses planning, preparedness and mitigation, as well as recovery and remediation efforts. All of this – including the response – is a project.

Emergency Management uses the principles of the Incident Command System, which is a project management system in and of itself. It’s a system based on Management by Objectives, but it’s designed to be flexible. With a comprehensive understanding of the elements of emergency management, it is easy to align project management principles with ICS. The difficulty is recognizing the two sides of the same coin and bringing them together. If emergency managers were trained in project management, they could streamline their entire program, implement cost-savings, improve efficiency, bring order to chaos more quickly. Conversely, if PMPs worldwide understand the value they have in the world of EM, they can be a powerful resource and asset to business and government alike. Every business should have an emergency management plan, but do they? Could someone with a project management background turn their skills to improving the safety of their employees? Absolutely. And they should

Meet Our Speaker: Sharon Russell – Director of Emergency Management, Pasco Sheriff’s Office

Sharon Russell earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from American University in 2002, and joined the Coast Guard. Graduating in February 2003 from Officer Candidate School, she moved to Houma, LA and garnered firsthand experience in incident management responding to major incidents such as oil spills, vessel groundings and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  

After three years, Sharon left active duty and joined The Response Group. Over 10+ years, she honed her skills in Incident Management and Emergency Response Planning. She earned her qualifications as a Type 1 Planning Section Chief and Type 3 Operations Section Chief, as well as her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential.  Sharon earned her Project Management Professional certification in 2017..

Sharon returned to active duty in 2011 to serve as the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Project Officer for the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012.  During the 18 months preceding the Convention, she developed the comprehensive maritime security posture and Incident Action Plan that accounted for the physical security of all associated waterways in the Greater Tampa Bay area. The plan was coordinated among 20 different agencies, including Federal, State and local law enforcement in a joint operation to ensure the safety and security of Convention delegates, first responders and the public.  She continues to serve in the Coast Guard Reserves, where she is assigned to the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.


6:00pm - Virtual Meeting Opens
6:15-6:30pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:30-7:45pm - Presentation 
8:00pm - Virtual Meeting Ends


Guests are welcome at any meeting. You need not be a member of PMI to attend our monthly meetings. However, please be sure to register in advance.


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PDU Information:

This session will provide you 1.5 PDUs towards the Strategic and Business Management section of the PMI Talent Triangle.*
*Note: PDUs for this event will not be submitted by the Chapter. Those seeking PDUs for this event must submit them directly to

More Information on Continuing Certification Requirements:

Technical project management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Strategic and Business Management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.




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