Opportunities for joint strengthening and growth of Emergency Management programs designed to share best practices and identify strengths and areas for continued planning.

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) provides a systematic approach to recognizing hazards that may affect demand for an organization’s services or its ability to provide those services. The HVA serves as a needs assessment for the Emergency Management program and allows an organization to identify gaps and prioritize planning efforts. MGH-CDM can assist in identifying hazards that may create human, physical, or business impacts and outline preparedness measures in order to assess the risks faced by an organization.

Strengthening of Existing Emergency Management Programs

The sharing of best practices is an invaluable tool for the Emergency Manager. Through an outside, independent program review, MGH-CDM has the ability to conduct a thorough needs assessment and gap analysis of program capabilities. Results can be utilized ensure regulatory compliance, as well as to provide a business case for action planning that involves cost effective, appropriate solutions to reach identified target objectives.

Incident Analysis and After Action Debriefing

The process of after action review and planning is the most effective way to capture lessons learned during incident response. It is an opportunity for a team to reflect on successes and challenges and identify an appropriate course of action to incorporate identified tasks into continued planning. MGH-CDM can perform a confidential and constructive review of incident operations, identifying both strengths and areas for improvement, as well as assist with action planning and mitigation strategies.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Design

A well-organized and properly designed EOC can benefit the coordination of response and recovery activities for an organization. MGH-CDM can perform a thorough review of the capabilities and vulnerability of an EOC, focusing on the areas of survivability, redundancy, communications, flexibility, and security. Recommendations can then be compiled to optimize operational effectiveness and limit physical vulnerability.

Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

The BIA is a process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to critical business operations as a result of a disaster. A BIA is an essential component of an organization's business continuity plan. MGH-CDM can assist an organization in exploring vulnerabilities related to critical business functions and develop strategies for minimizing risk.