IEM - Celebrating 35 Years of Innovation

Innovating for 35 Years and Counting

Madhu Beriwal, IEM President and CEO2020 is an exciting year for IEM!

The year began with headquarters moving into an expanded office space, and this February, IEM celebrates our 35th anniversary, a testament to our ongoing commitment to evolve and grow as the world around us does.

In an era of disruptive technology, it is important to be innovative. IEM has been innovating in emergency management, homeland security and national security for 35 years.

We partner with our clients to address the challenges facing our nation and the world, and to develop new solutions to tackle these complex challenges. IEM is dedicated to building a safe, secure and resilient world.

We have grown from one employee to a large, respected company with hundreds of full-time employees and 11 office locations. We have evolved from a small startup to a leader in emergency management and a pioneer in the industry. I am proud of our accomplishments over the past 35 years and am excited for what is to come.

We have achieved much in the past 35 years, marked by our diligence and the ability to combine experience, enthusiasm and innovation to better serve our clients and produce outcomes that matter.

I am proud to celebrate this milestone and look forward to what the next 35 years have in store. Stay tuned for our special anniversary events and engagements throughout the year.

—Madhu Beriwal, Founder, CEO, and President


IEM was started with one employee, and today it has become a leader in its field, built on a team of dedicated employees and satisfied customers. Founded as one of the first consulting companies focused exclusively on emergency management, IEM has expanded into homeland security, national security, public health, transportation, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

57.5% Female
11 Full Service Offices
21 Satellite Offices
50 states &
3 territories
400+ clients
(all sectors)
15+ Countries

Over the past 35 years, IEM has become more than a consulting firm; we have become a pathway of public service, helping to improve outcomes for our government clients. We are dedicated to improving the safety, security, and resiliency of communities by applying science, data, and our experience to develop cutting-edge technology to address emergency management, homeland security, and national security challenges. We produce outcomes that matter, strengthen communities in the face of disaster, provide better tools to keep responders safe, and mitigate against hazards. IEM innovates for the future.




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Establishing Our Full Service Offices


Baton Rouge, LA


Bel Air, MD


Arlington, VA


Research Triangle Park, NC


Pueblo, CO


Richmond, KY


West Long Branch, NJ


Conroe, TX


Tallahassee, FL


San Juan, PR


Aguadilla, PR

IEM’s ability to innovate and develop solutions over the past 35 years allowed us to address some of the most complex challenges facing our nation. IEM continues to transform emergency management, integrating data, science and technology to provide our clients with innovative strategies to respond to disasters and strengthen public safety and defense. Our innovative team will address tomorrow’s challenges, as we work to build a safe, secure and resilient world.


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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.