Rapid Response Cadre

IEM’s Rapid Response Cadre is a team of experienced professionals ready to deploy to meet a community’s needs in before, during, or after a disaster or emergency event. While some of the Cadre is only activated during an event, the majority of the Cadre support IEM’s disaster recovery customer and project work year-round. Therefore, we seek qualified candidates on an on-going basis, from a multitude of backgrounds, throughout the year.

Meet the Team

Bruce Lockwood

Bruce Lockwood is the Cadre Manager. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and a subject matter expert in emergency planning. Most recently, Lockwood retired in 2016 as the Acting Fire Captain for the East Hartford Fire Department in Connecticut, where he managed the Emergency Management Division. Lockwood was appointed to serve as Commissioner on the National Commission on Children in Disasters in 2008, chairing the sub-committee on Evacuation, Transportation, and Housing. In 2014, Lockwood served as President of the IAEM U.S. Council, and he served as a U.S. Representative on its Global Board from 2015 to 2017.

Join the Team

We are continuously looking for exceptional candidates in disaster response and recovery to join the Rapid Response Cadre. Due to the multitude of positions that Cadre personnel fill, specific candidate qualifications differ depending on the position and our current needs.

We value candidates who are organized and detail-oriented. Our positions require good communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to follow directions. The ideal Cadre candidates have some experience in data analytics and working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Recent graduates of Civil and Structural Engineering, Construction Management, and Finance programs are encouraged to join the Cadre. We are also looking for candidates with experience in public assistance, individual assistance, hazard mitigation, and other areas of disaster recovery.

Contact Us

We are accepting resumes and expressions of interest from qualified and interested candidates on an on-going basis! If you are interested in joining the Cadre, or would like to discuss whether or not your experience, education, or skills will fit our needs, please contact us at Rapid.Response@iem.com.

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IEM became one of the first companies to focus solely on emergency management and to use quantitative data and science to inform decisions in emergency management. Over the past 35 years, IEM has grown from a company of one to an employer of over 550 employees, and has provided clients and communities with innovative solutions that produce results and save lives.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. The program ensures maximum protection for the communities surrounding U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites. Since 1993, IEM has provided program integration services to FEMA and through FEMA to the states and counties that are part of CSEPP.

In 1999, FEMA selected IEM to be the CSEPP onsite Program Management and Integration Contractor. IEM worked with program managers to develop a flexible protection framework that broke down the “maximum protection” mandate into measurable benchmarks. These benchmarks have been adopted by emergency managers in 10 states, 40 countries, and one Tribal Nation.
IEM was awarded a five-year BPA with FEMA to continue working to further CSEPP initiatives between 2000 and 2004. During this time IEM was contracted to develop a secure website to facilitate communication and information-sharing among CSEPP planners nationwide who work in different jurisdictions. The website IEM created now has over 1,000 active users who use it as their primary source of CSEPP information. IEM also developed a demonstration version of an interactive computer-based “game” designed to illustrate the effects of different protective action decisions in a CSEPP emergency to citizens in the Madison County, KY, CSEPP community.

FEMA awarded IEM a second five-year BPA from 2005-2011. IEM was asked to provide CSEPP technical and analytical studies, risk assessments, support for development of programmatic guidance and preparation of reports to Congress. IEM was required to evaluate the Oregon CSEPP community’s readiness in the event of a depot incident. IEM also assisted in the planning and execution of regular readiness exercises and supported pre-exercise meetings. IEM’s work for CSEPP has been recognized on multiple levels. In 2004, FEMA and IEM received a Profiles in Innovation Award for Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence from GOVSEC (Government Security Expo and Conference). IEM continues to work with FEMA to increase preparedness and achieve measurable results.


QEM uses the information gathered from conducting different scenarios to calculate the risk and impact of implementing different risk-reducing strategies. It pinpoints the actions that are the most effective at reducing risk across a wide spectrum of potential events. QEM allows clients to know the best way to allocate funds and bridge gaps in preparedness without spending thousands of dollars to implement ideas that cannot work.

QEM’s methodology has been applied to hundreds of IEM projects, such as readiness assessments, chemical plant mitigation studies, protective action analyses, and hurricane evacuation planning. The U.S. Army and FEMA have repeatedly used QEM technology to assess strategies to protect citizens in case of an accidental release of chemical agents. DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also utilized QEM to quantify the effectiveness of various chemical defense systems. The software continues to provide valuable solutions to clients.