Case Studies


Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Program Integration
Since 1993, IEM has provided technical program integration services to the states and counties making up the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), a $2.7 billion program jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. And, since 1999, IEM has served as the on-site Program Management and Integration contractor. With IEM's support, CSEPP utilizes a technical and scientific basis for federal decision making, consistent tools and methodologies for making resource allocation decisions, standardized training, and a performance-based exercise program.  
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FEMA National Prepardedness DirectorateDHS/FEMA Technical Assistance Program
DHS/FEMA’s Technical Assistance (TA) Program is designed to develop and deliver effective TA in prevention, protection, response, recovery, and program management to state, territorial, tribal, and local governments and special jurisdictions. Under this program, IEM delivered over 170 on-site TA workshops and produced over 250 individual TA products. IEM has developed and continues to deliver a number of critical TA programs that jurisdictions can access for support.
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Ensuring Compliance in an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Parish of Iberville in the State of Louisiana is subject to the effects of many disasters, varying widely in type and magnitude from natural phenomena to chemical and oil spills. The threat of terrorism is also a concern because of important petroleum reserves and industrial sites within the Parish. As a key intermodal and industrial community, the level of concern extends far beyond the Parish's more than 31,000 residents, since a disaster could potentially affect up to 125,000 people in and around the Parish. IEM worked closely with Iberville Parish leadership in developing an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP) guidance. IEM also utilized FEMA's State and Local Plan Interim Criteria under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.
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Hurricane PamPlanning Exercise Results in Usable Plans—The Fictional “Hurricane Pam”
Before the onset of the 2004 hurricane season, FEMA contracted with IEM to support catastrophic planning for Southeast Louisiana. The goal of the project was to develop a functional, scenario-based exercise that would drive the writing of Incident Action Plans for catastrophic hurricane response and build the foundation for Functional Plans. Ultimately, these plans would serve as a "bridging document" between local and state plans and the National Response Plan (NRP). The Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Planning Project (known as "Hurricane Pam") combined two facets of emergency management—planning and exercises—designed to create usable action plans in a short timeframe via scenario-driven decision making.
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QEMQEM® Mitigates Risk
QEM® is IEM's award-winning state-of-the-art simulation that represents the most sophisticated process yet developed for analyzing preparedness. With the capability of running more than 10,000 scenarios in one processing hour through the power of distributed processing, QEM models the behavior of a particular hazard, the emergency response system in place, and the social behavior of the population during a response. Instead of customers having to spend dollars and time implementing ideas that cannot work, QEM pinpoints the actions that will be effective across a wide spectrum of potential events. Before QEM, the results of current strategies could be seen only after an event occurred. QEM offers peace of mind in knowing that the most effective strategies to mitigate risks are in place before an event happens. 
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logo-webpufflogoWebPuff - Improving Protection through Science, Innovation, and a Web 2.0 Approach
WebPuff is a comprehensive Web-based emergency management decision support system designed to aid in planning for, responding to, and recovering from a chemical accident or incident. The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) presented WebPuff with an Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award. Webpuff meets rigorous military and government requirements for use as a critical emergency protection system and is used daily to support operations at all Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) sites around the country where chemical weapons are currently being demilitarized.
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Repairing and Rebuilding in the State of New York - NY Rising Disaster Recovery Program
After the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in New York, IEM provided Program Management services for the State's $1.2 billion Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Housing Recovery Program to repair, rebuild, and elevate storm-damaged homes. IEM employed a dual focus: program cost effectiveness and quickly getting families home. As a result of these combined goals that focused on both residents and the State itself, New York Rising stands out as exemplary among major, recent disaster recovery programs.
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Mississippi's Post-Hurricane Katrina Recovery Success
Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Region in August 2005, causing severe destruction from central Florida to Texas. Mississippi ran a number of recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, including a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Recovery Program and a Public Infrastructure Program. IEM staff implemented Mississippi's post-Katrina CDBG Housing Recovery Programlauded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a success and best practices model. In addition, IEM staff managed Mississippi's $1 billion public infrastructure program. Mississippi's recovery from Hurricane Katrina has provided lessons learned that continue to influence the recovery industry today.
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