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Disaster Management and Emergency Management

Strengthening Government Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts in Emergency Management

Since 1985, our primary focus has been helping the U.S. federal government, states, and local agencies with emergency preparedness, emergency response, and disaster recovery from emergency events of all kinds—from terrorism to catastrophic natural disasters.

You can count on IEM’s professionals, our emergency management experience, and our knowledge. We know what works in the real world because we've been there. Our strong core of specialists and subject matter experts in disaster management honed their skills in federal agency positions and in top state and local homeland security and emergency leadership positions.

IEM has applied our winning formula of people, experience, and technology to hundreds of disaster and emergency management projects for Federal, state, and local government agencies and the private sector worldwide to ensure they are prepared and well equipped to manage an emergency or a disaster when it occurs.


Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning/Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

IEM has developed hundreds of COOP plans for federal, state, and local agencies; major U.S. cities; and quasi-governmental organizations. Our services cover all types of hazards and include business impact analyses, plan development, and exercises. We conduct all of our COOP and BCP work using a proven approach that is highly collaborative, while minimizing the amount of work required of the customer organization.

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 move toward disaster resiliency.

Disaster Preparedness

IEM's risk-based tools and capabilities help customers pinpoint disaster preparedness 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 Recovery and Rebuilding

IEM helps communities identify and explore all options and resources to support full disaster 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 ensures a disaster-resilient and economically stable community in the future. Read more.

Disaster Response

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

Evacuation Planning

Our evacuation planning work encompasses both the development and review of functional plans and the use of sophisticated modeling and simulation tools to determine the most effective evacuation strategies following a disaster or an emergency.

Grants Management

IEM’s strategic emergency planning expertise, coupled with our knowledge of federal grant programs, helps jurisdictions develop a prioritized picture of their current capabilities and then package that information into updated strategic planning, improved grant applications, and overall grants management.

Modeling and Simulation

IEM has pioneered the development of a strategic and comprehensive modeling and simulation approach that measures the degree of protection provided by various techniques and strategies, putting emergency planning and decision making on a quantitative basis.

Prevention and 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.

Public Outreach and Education

IEM’s systematic approach to public outreach reflects our commitment to placing emergency management on a solid scientific foundation. IEM's communications and subject matter experts can provide an agency's public information and communications staff with support in situational awareness briefing development, media relations coordination, and other crisis communications activities.

Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

IEM’s disaster risk and vulnerability assessments provide a foundation for determining the options and countermeasures available for mitigating a variety of threats, which include the prioritization of assets and threat events in order to make informed decisions on the implementation of protection initiatives and projects.

Training and Exercises

IEM ensures that training outcomes are always linked to critical program and mission goals. We have extensive experience developing and delivering training for mission-critical systems and processes. We also assist emergency managers and public safety and security officials in designing and delivering discussion-based as well as operations-based exercises. From tabletop and functional to command-post and full-scale, IEM exercises are consistent and compliant with DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines. See more.

Transportation Security and Incident Management

IEM’s successful transportation security strategies are built on a thorough understanding of travel demand characteristics, transportation supply capability, and transportation operations.


Demonstrated Successes

Program Manager for New York State post-Sandy disaster recovery housing program, New York Rising

IEM served as Program Manager for New York State's $1.2 billion CDBG-DR Housing recovery program to repair, rebuild, and elevate homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Despite taking over the program from a previous contractor and having to repair many applicant files, IEM achieved on overall 98.7 percent accuracy rate in distributing $902 million in CDBG-DR funds to over 11,000 homeowners. With IEM's dual focus on quickly getting families home after the devastation caused by Sandy and program cost effectiveness, New York Rising stands out as exemplary among major, recent disaster recovery housing programs.
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“Hurricane Pam” Southeast Louisiana Catastrophic Hurricane Planning Project

The Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Planning Project (known as "Hurricane Pam") was an innovative concept that combined two facets of emergency management: planning and exercises. The full process of planning, training, and exercising can take several years to complete. "Hurricane Pam" was a "planning exercise" designed to create usable action plans in a short timeframe via scenario-driven decision making.
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