All Hazards Planning
Horsley Witten Group works with clients in both the government and private sectors to develop refine and update emergency preparedness and response plans. By working closely with clients and their response partners, we ensure that plans will aid agencies and jurisdictions in preparing for, mitigating against, responding to and recovering from both natural and man-made disasters.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. We work with clients to develop community-specific hazard mitigation plans to qualify for FEMA grant funding, as well as with government agencies to develop national hazard mitigation planning guidance.
We follow the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology as the basis for developing and conducting emergency response exercises. The firm designs both discussion-based and operations-based exercises, working with an exercise planning team of local stakeholders. Exercises are objective-based and our staff creates the”story” that allow participants to discuss and practice targeted capabilities of their response and/or recovery procedures and plans.
We provide National Incident Management System (NIMS) training in all 50 states. The firm frequently updates training materials with the lessons learned and best practices collected during its interactive training sessions. We customize the training to meet sector specific needs while covering the standard NIMS material. HW instructs in all levels of Incident Command System training to include position specific training.
Specialty Workshops & Training for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
We produce and deliver specialized workshops for diverse audiences (e.g., critical infrastructure owners, emergency management professionals, tribes, local town officials). Topics range from active shooter roundtable discussions to cybersecurity threats and black sky power outages. The firm’s team of experts will work with you to develop and facilitate a specialty event that meets your unique objectives.
“We all learned a great deal from this experience. My branch chief stated that he thought this was the most important project undertaken this year. It helps us with our source water protection work and our DC implementation program.”
Patti Kay Wisniewski, EPA