HSG assists organizations with assessing overall preparedness and their ability to respond to and recover from emergencies by conducting assessments, preparing response plans, typing and managing resources, and providing training.
We offer key services related to emergency planning further described below:
Vulnerability Assessments – we assist with the identification and ranking of risks, based on an organization’s highest vulnerabilities and priorities. The result, based on using industry requirements or standards, is a report describing the findings of the assessment as well as opportunities to mitigate vulnerabilities.
Hazard Mitigation Plans – these plans hinge on a vulnerability assessment, which can be done separately or in conjunction with a Hazard Mitigation Plan. We assist in meeting the objective to identify options for mitigation, and then determine the pros and cons based on organization objectives, (e.g., public outreach, financial, operational).
NIMS Compliance Assistance Support Tool Assessments – we conduct assessments to ensure that federal, state, tribal, and local agency personnel evaluate and report their implementation of NIMS, using NIMSCAST. Since 2005, agencies have been required to adopt NIMS to be eligible for preparedness assistance, and NIMSCAST allows them to demonstrate their compliance.
Emergency Response Plans – we work with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, including all critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR), to prepare Emergency Response Plans (ERP). ERPs are usually prepared following a vulnerability assessment to address specific response actions should an incident occur.
Business Continuity Plans – we work with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, but also private companies in the preparation of Business Continuity Plans (BCP). Smaller, private companies tend to consolidate ERP response and BCP recovery procedures into a single document. BCPs focus on recovery, as opposed to response. Often, organizations can respond but do not have plans for recovery, and it is recovery that can sometimes severely impact their business and customers.
Communication Plans – we work with organizations to develop an effective communication plan to be used during and post-incident. Communication is always identified as an area for improvement. Many mechanisms exist, and organizations need to select a solution that meets their needs, as well as their customers'.
National Incident Management System Training – we prepare and administer NIMS training for federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, as well as other CI/KR. Training is a critical component of emergency preparedness, as without it planning can be ineffective. The training includes all components of NIMS including the Incident Command System (ICS).
Tabletop Exercises – we develop, administer, and evaluate tabletop exercises (TTX). Practice makes perfect, and emergency planning is no exception. The more natural and frequently repeated a behavior, the more likely it will be effectively executed. Exercises are a perfect opportunity to test your preparedness procedures and response actions, and they are a valuable tool to identify areas of improvement.
Full-Scale Exercises – full-scale exercises are similar to TTXs in concept. Whereas, the TTX is conducted at tabletop scale, full-scale exercises allow for an actual simulation with equipment, personnel, and often, neighboring agencies.