IEM Leadership

Earl Randall, III

Director of Community Development Block Grants –

Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Compliance and Monitoring

Earl Randall, III, is IEM’s Director of Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Compliance and Monitoring. Prior to joining IEM, Randall served as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Field Office Director for the state of Louisiana from 2014 through 2018. During his tenure as Field Office Director, Randall led a full-service office that provided programs and services in community planning and development as well as public housing, multi-family housing, single-family housing, and fair housing. Randall serves in IEM’s CDBG-DR Programs Department.

While serving with HUD, Randall was the principal management official for the Louisiana field office, where he forged strong partnerships with federal, state and local officials. Randall also coordinated housing recovery functions as part of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) for the state. In that role, he served as the Housing Recovery Support Function (RSF) field coordinator for disaster recovery efforts for the Louisiana Great Floods of 2016 and also provided technical assistance to the state of Texas after Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

From 2007 to 2014, Randall was a senior disaster specialist in HUD’s Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division. In that position, he served as lead representative for the state of Louisiana as well as for the state of New York’s long-term disaster recovery efforts funded through Congressional supplemental disaster appropriations. His service at HUD extends back to 2000, when he first joined the agency as a Presidential Management Intern/Fellow.

Randall holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute and a B.A. in General Studies, with concentrations in political science, mathematics, and speech communications, from Louisiana State University.

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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.