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Are you really ready?

Are you really ready?

Readiness for Government and Private Sector Clients Worldwide

Readiness for Government and Private Sector Clients Worldwide

Are you really ready?

Are you really ready?









Our Philosophy

The foundation of the RCS philosophy is that Emergency Management is a profession and also a practice. And the best way to view the practice is holistically as a Program. The Program is comprised of elements and every element is critical to the ultimate success of the Program. We are unabashed believers in the establishment of standards to set the bar for what we do in the practice and that it is the obligation of public and private sector emergency managers to strive for full compliance with its own adopted standards. Setting the bar is the only way in which a Program’s capability, competence and continuous improvement can be achieved.

We subscribe to The Emergency Management Standards by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) as our guide for minimum standards for all of our government client work. And, we generally recommend a review of a clients program elements/components as a part of any substantive program change or improvement, as all elements interrelate and are interdependent. Program compliance with standards is a fundamental objective; but we know that many programs have gaps, shortfalls and challenges. It is important to remember that the ultimate objective of the program is to assure that the organization can respond effectively when challenged by an incident of any type, any size and any consequences. Organizations live or die based upon the effectiveness if their response. If preparedness gaps are allowed to go unchecked, the result can be loss of live and property as well as confidence in the program.

This is a major reason why RCS’s 40 years of operational experience in every type of hazard and incident provides invaluable insight what works and what does not when it comes to building effective emergency management programs at all levels.  

Readiness Consulting Services

provides executive level consulting support to federal, state and local government organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies engaged in emergency management and homeland security. Our services are designed to recognize the dynamic complexity of the intergovernmental contingency planning and risk management arena, whether top down policy driven or bottom up operationally oriented.  Established in 1999, RCS is experienced in the design and conduct of seminars, summits, salons and policy dialogues to examine high level, strategic and politically sensitive issues related to risk assessment, prevention/mitigation, contingency planning/preparedness and recovery/resilience.

We do not offer “off the shelf” exercise products nor do we use your exercise to train our team.  For each client, for each event, we focus on identifying meaningful needs and objectives, and using those to drive and tailor the entire exercise process, including looking for novel ways to make the events more engaging, cost effective, and practical. Our approach is very different in that we always do a needs assessment to figure out the client needs. For example, if the need is a simple effort in order to be complaint, we don’t give you a major effort.  Instead, we find out what the compliance requirement is, and determine with you whether you want to go beyond that or not.  We are ruthlessly practical.

Our philosophy for supporting exercises, training and evaluation is straight forward: focus on objectives; be technically intense and accurate; provide experts in both content and facilitation to lead the events; pay strict attention to the details; and exercise for specific reasons. 

2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of HSEEP. 

In that time, organizations at every level of government engaged in HSEEP-based exercise programs and numerous firms have developed the capacity to design and deliver all types of compliant exercises.  In fact, many firms have gotten to the point that they are able to produce “check the box” exercises that at times seem to focus more on going through the motions as opposed to delivering innovation and value.   The RCS Team believes that such an approach, while may be done inexpensively, will not provide the organization the ability to mount a ” Quantum Response” our term for meeting the requirements of incidents that are unexpected and beyond the planning templates provided by others.  (See Bob’s Blog on Quantum Response)

While HSEEP has remained relatively consistent in this decade, the world has not.  New dynamics and new considerations have surfaced.  New technologies bring both new opportunity and new threats that must be considered.  New budgetary realities drive organizations to continually evaluate priorities in order to address strategic, operational and tactical mission considerations.  It is our understanding of needs associated with functioning in this dynamic, real world environment that provides the real advantage of the RCS Team.  Specifically, the threat environment is changing at an accelerating rate and the frequency of change will continue due to a number of factors such as those identified in FEMA’s Strategic Foresight Initiative:

  • The changing role of the individual in society
  • Technological innovation and dependency
  • Demographic shifts
  • Universal access to and use of information
  • Global Interdependence /Globalization

These interdependencies each present opportunities for human growth and advancement and they likewise present new hazards, threats and opportunities for negative consequences upon human-kind. Things once thought of only in sci-fi novels and movies are now realities.