Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM

Owner & President

Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM is a Certified Emergency Manager as conferred by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from San Diego State University. Ms. Harshman is Owner and President of Emergency Planning Consultants, a company she established as a sole proprietor in 1984 in response to a growing need for consulting services in the area of emergency management. EPC is a Certified Small Business specializing in a full range of emergency management services supporting government entities (Federal, State, Local, and Special Districts). EPC provides all plans, training, and exercises required of a contemporary government emergency management program.

Ms. Harshman’s background with local government in land use planning and emergency management established her as a subject matter expert in the field of hazard mitigation, risk assessment, and emergency management including plans, training, and exercises. Plans have included emergency operations plans, hazard mitigation plans, pre-disaster recovery plans, continuity of operations plans, and debris management plans. Training deliveries have included a spectrum of FEMA professional development and other resident and non-resident courses along with Incident Command System courses. In addition, she has designed and delivered hundreds of customized exercises including tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises to agencies across the United States.

Supplementing her professional accomplishments, Ms. Harshman is very active in the International Association of Emergency Manager, serving as Chair of the Conference Committee from 2005-2011, Chair of the Leadership Symposium from 2011-2013, Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee from 2013-2015, and presently serving her second term as IAEM-USA Region 9 President. She is also an active member of the California Emergency Services Association and the American Planning Association.