IEM Leadership

Gary Scronce

Director of Preparedness Programs

Gary Scronce has provided emergency preparedness support for both natural and man-made hazards in more than 100 state and local jurisdictions. Scronce has more than 22 years of emergency management and homeland security experience, including eight years as a member of the River Bend nuclear power plant’s emergency response organization. In 2006, he managed the review of emergency plans in 65 state and local jurisdictions for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nationwide Plan Review. This work resulted in the largest repository of knowledge on the current state of U.S. catastrophic preparedness.

Scronce has overseen more than 225 technical assistance deliveries in 40 states, many large urban areas including the National Capital Region and Los Angeles/Long Beach, two territories, and numerous tribal nations. He has managed or directed port security planning work on behalf of 11 major U.S. port areas, security and preparedness projects for 10 mass transit agencies, and statewide capability assessments in four states. Scronce has also provided expert reviews, and directed development or revision of key emergency management policy and guidance documents, including many related to Presidential Preparedness Directive 8 (PPD-8). He served as an expert reviewer for DHS’s National Preparedness Goal, Universal Task List, and Target Capabilities List; directed revisions to State and Local Planning Guidance 101 on behalf of a federal agency; and managed the incorporation of NIMS into planning guidance for multi-million dollar federal preparedness programs.

Focused on achieving efficiencies in emergency preparedness, Scronce has directed and provided subject matter expertise for the development of numerous tools that streamline preparedness-related activities for state and local governments. These include automated planning templates, collaborative portals, grant management tools, and decision guidebooks and matrices for all-hazards response. Over the course of his career, Scronce has directed evacuation studies for nuclear power plants and chemical weapons facilities and has developed and managed multiple state-level exercises, including performance-based exercises that resulted in documented evidence of consistent improvement in performance.

Scronce is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals (IRPT). He is a member of NEMA’s Preparedness Committee and the Private Sector Committee of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commission. Other memberships include the Iberville Parish (Louisiana) Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Louisiana Nuclear Society, and the American Nuclear Society. He has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering.

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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.

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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.