Timothy W. Sevison has extensive background in emergency and disaster preparedness and response, having served as the Deputy Director for Planning and Preparedness for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) until 2011. The Planning and preparedness Directorate encompasses several bureaus, including strategic and operational planning, community preparedness and training and exercise. Prior to his appointment with PEMA in 2007, Tim was the Senior Deputy Fire Chief and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sevison has been involved with emergency and disaster activities at the local, state, and federal level for over 30 years, including response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and the gulf coast hurricanes of 2005. He is active with the DHS/FEMA National urban Search and Rescue Response System, serving as a Task Force Leader for Pennsylvania, as well as a member of the DHS/FEMA US&R Command and General Staff working group. Tim was actively involved in the development of the regional response model for Pennsylvania and continues to serve as a regional IMT Leader. Mr. Sevison has been in the U.S. Military for over 30 years, serving in active, reserve, and National Guard components of the United States Air Force, including a tour in Iraq in 2004. His primary military responsibilities have included Fire and Emergency Services management and Homeland Response planning.
Mr. Sevison is on the Advisory Board of Millersville University's Center for Disaster Research and Education and is adjunct faculty for Millersville's graduate program in Emergency Management. Tim is also an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy, as well as several community colleges, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Harrisburg Area Community College, Public Safety Center. Mr. Sevison is also a consultant in emergency services and emergency management planning, preparedness, and response.
Mr. Sevison holds a master's degree in business administration from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and a master's degree in homeland security/public health preparedness from Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine.