Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Nearly 30 Years of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Experience

The complexities and dynamics of today's safety, security, and protection challenges require effective homeland security and emergency management solutions that produce results. No one understands these challenges more than IEM.

Keeping people safe has been IEM's core business since 1985. While many companies now include homeland security and emergency management as one of several business sidelines, our primary focus is to help the federal government, states, and local agencies prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and events of all kinds—from terrorism to catastrophic natural disasters.

Proven Expertise, Real-world Experience

Since 1985, IEM’s technical and management expertise has been relied upon by the nation’s foremost homeland security and emergency management organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and county emergency management agencies across the country. We have particular expertise working with complex, cross-jurisdictional protection programs that span all levels of government.

Our strong core of emergency management planners includes former directors of county and state emergency management agencies, directors of federal Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) defense programs, first responders, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals charged with public safety. These specialists and subject matter experts honed their skills in federal agencies and in top state and local homeland security and emergency management leadership positions. They are proven leaders that understand your needs and challenges.

We possess deep technical qualifications, boasting a range of scientific and technological expertise more typically found in research organizations. We use our risk-based, outcome-focused technologies to help emergency managers and other decision makers achieve the results that work in the real world.

IEM has applied its winning formula of experience, people, and technology to hundreds of homeland security and emergency management projects for federal, state, and local government agencies and the private sector worldwide.


Program Management - We help define the objectives of your mission, clarify the roles of program components, and point to the strategies, structures, systems, and capabilities necessary to develop a clear roadmap to a successful outcome.

Terrorism Prevention / Protection - IEM supports the development, deployment, and testing of strategic, tactical, and operational plans and systems for potential terrorist threats in order to protect against and prevent terrorism and other security threats.

Disaster Mitigation - From pre-disaster planning, technical assistance, and staffing support during recovery to post-disaster mitigation project management, IEM works to help communities reduce loss of life and property and become more disaster resilient.

Disaster Preparedness - IEM's risk-based tools and capabilities, including those for planning support, exercise, training, and modeling and simulation, help customers pinpoint strategies and tactics that will be effective across a wide spectrum of potential hazards so that the best approaches to managing consequences are implemented before a disaster occurs.

Disaster Response - IEM can quickly deploy experienced personnel for on-site operational and technical support for any size and duration of response operation, bolstering an agency's response operations to allow for continued efficiency.

Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding- IEM helps communities identify and explore all options and resources to support full recovery in the days, weeks, and months following a disaster by supporting public officials, planners, and community members in implementing a long-term planning process that will ensure a disaster-resilient and economically stable community in the future. Read more.

Modeling and Simulation - IEM has pioneered the development of strategic and comprehensive modeling and simulation approaches that measure the degree of protection offered by various techniques and strategies as a way to provide a quantitative basis for emergency planning and decision-making.

Demonstrated Successes

  • For nearly three decades, IEM has been the single contractor providing risk modeling, planning, training, and exercise support for a $2 billion national program, ensuring preparedness for chemical weapons emergencies.
  • Directly supported 300+ state and local jurisdictions/agencies in improving emergency preparedness and prevention since 2004.
  • Provided preparedness, response, and recovery assistance to 10 major metropolitan regions of critical national importance.
  • Developed comprehensive port security and maritime plans for 11 U.S. ports.
  • Identified capability gaps in 20 U.S. states, forming the basis for national plans to address these gaps before the next disaster strikes.
  • Supported federal catastrophic disaster planning efforts across the U.S.
  • Contracted to provide air evacuation ground support in 12 states and designated host airports.
  • Provided immediate disaster response support in 13 states; able to deploy 100 people within 12 hours.
  • Conducted post-disaster damage assessments in four states and prioritized recovery efforts, focusing on results that will speed recovery in future disasters.
  • Proven successful mitigation program management and planning support as well as integration of mitigation actions into recovery efforts.
  • Managed key elements of a statewide program helping to repair storm-damaged rental properties after the largest disaster in U.S. history.

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