Solutions

In a world of uncertainty, be prepared for the unthinkable.

Helping you continually improve your preparedness position and recovery efforts.

We want each client to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential disruption to normal operations.  This is achieved through a comprehensive assessment of your needs and development of plans, policies, training, and exercises, if needed.

assessments

By reviewing existing plans, policies, training, and exercises, we can identify gaps and make recommendations for improvements. Whether you’re preparing for an incident, conducting an after action review of an incident or exercise, or looking to strengthen your current response, assessments can provide invaluable feedback and enhance your overall recovery.

Shortly after the initial COVID-19 outbreak, a county emergency management organization conducted an after action review. One the findings identified a lack of physical space in their Emergency Operations Center, making social distancing impossible. They are now working towards acquiring a larger, permanent facility.

Plans

Planning for an emergency greatly improves the ability to effectively respond to and recover from an incident. A plan describes potential threats and courses of action to protect people and property. An effective plan is reviewed and updated often to assess new threats and responses.

In 2006, the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan was published to guide the United States’ preparedness and response activities in an influenza pandemic. Unfortunately, lack of guidance, and unclear lines of authority, among other contributing factors, allowed COVID-19 to gain traction.

Policies

Understanding how to react in an emergency can mitigate the effects. Policies contain specific directions and procedures to guide a response to a crisis. When practiced consistently, policies can help avoid situations altogether. The right policy can mean the difference between life and death.

In April of 2017, a special education teacher and one of her students were fatally shot by her estranged husband when he opened fire with a high-caliber revolver before killing himself in her classroom.  If the school had enforced or even had a visitor’s policy, innocent people would still be alive.

Training

Teaching people a particular skill or type of behavior ensures they are familiar with their role and can carry out assigned responsibilities. Training allows each person to obtain the skills necessary to prepare and respond to a situation. Regular training can build confidence and reduce panic during an emergency.

The Station Nightclub fire in February 2003, resulted in the death of 100 people in West Warwick, RI. The technical investigating team found no evidence of a written emergency action plan, a written fire prevention plan, or employee training to assist safe and orderly evacuation.

Exercises

Testing plans helps develop and refine the skills needed during an emergency. Exercises practice and evaluate the plan and allow people to make decisions and mistakes in a safe environment. Conducting exercises in an operational setting will help identify gaps, needs, and solutions, and ultimately, strengthen your plan.

The Cascadia Rising 2016 Functional Exercise focused on the response operations in the aftermath of an earthquake or tsunami. This exercise tested the ability of local, state, tribal, Federal government, and their partners to effectively coordinate and integrate a joint approach to complex disaster operations.