IEM Leadership

Jerome Hatfield

Senior Advisor for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Jerome Hatfield is a senior advisor for IEM’s homeland security and emergency management programs with over three decades of experience in homeland security, emergency management, and law enforcement. In 2013, Hatfield was appointed to serve as Regional Administrator for FEMA Region II, which is one of the largest FEMA regions and has over 500 full-time employees. As Regional Administrator, Hatfield was responsible for coordinating prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery programs for the 32 million residents located within New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the area’s tribal nations. He led the Hurricane Sandy Recovery effort in New York and New Jersey, offering innovative recovery solutions to maximize and streamline the delivery of federal assistance, and played a pivotal role in the New York/New Jersey Federal Leadership Resilience Collaborative.

Hatfield has been an advocate for resiliency throughout his tenure as Region II Regional Administrator, promoting it as a prevention, preparedness, and mitigation tool. He has also promoted crisis and consequence management to improve risk reduction through integration of law enforcement, public safety, and security professionals in the development of a bi-state safety/security strategy. Hatfield has acted as federal consequence management lead for National Special Security Events, including the Pope Francis visit, Super Bowl XLVIII, and United Nations general assemblies. He also presided as Chair of the Federal Security Committee, which oversees security efforts for the 1,000+ federal tenants at the World Trade Center.

Prior to his position with FEMA at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hatfield served as a member of the New Jersey State Police for 27 years, including as Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security. He commanded Special Operations and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and co-chaired the State Emergency Response Commission. Hatfield was the Governor’s Authorized Representative and the State Coordinating Officer for several presidentially declared disasters.

From 2010 to 2012, Hatfield was Commission Chair of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). As chair, he was responsible for conducting nationwide assessments of federal, state, territorial, and local emergency management and homeland security programs. Hatfield has served on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, where he chaired the Response and Recovery Subcommittee. He was also a member of the National Emergency Management Association, serving as Regional Vice President for Region II.

Hatfield currently provides subject matter expertise to the Executive Education Program of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and a veteran of the United States Army.

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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.