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ERII is an international firm specializing in planning, consulting, designing and presenting exercises, developing and presenting training programs, and publishing within the complex fields of:

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • Search and Rescue
  • Survival Education, Emergency Preparedness

ERII provides the above services to domestic local, state, and federal jurisdictions and agencies, foreign government entities and agencies, emergency response organizations, business and industry, and educational institutions.

Our approach is to find simple solutions whenever possible and to be cost-effective without compromising the quality of the deliverables. We have never had a cost overrun, and we have never had a dissatisfied client.

Since 1978 ERII has

  • Played a major role in the development and dissemination of new and innovative emergency management planning, training, and exercise programs.
  • Been the worldwide leader in the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art search and rescue texts and training programs.
  • Assisted state and local governments with designing and implementing emergency management programs, disaster plans, emergency operations centers (EOCs), and exercise design.
  • Participated in numerous state and federal disaster research projects to find practical disaster planning strategies to maximize the use and benefits of a community disaster plan during emergencies.
  • Pioneered "Let's break the mold for disaster planning and plan writing."
  • Developed FEMA's Capability Assessment for Readiness (CAR) program to assess the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of local government. CAR assessment will provide an emergency management program sustainment and improvement plan. CAR evolved into current national standards.
  • Developed and published best practices texts and training programs for emergency management, disaster response, emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and survival education.
  • Pioneered the recovery support functions concept that is now the national standard.

ERII's "emergency management best practices" encourage state and local jurisdictions to develop programs and plans that will

  • Assess hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities to the jurisdiction.
  • Define resource (human, equipment, training) requirements.
  • Assess existing capabilities against requirements.
  • Identify deficiencies.
  • Develop a comprehensive emergency management plan to correct deficiencies and meet requirements to include hazard mitigation and recovery strategies and tasks.
  • Develop procedures and checklists for departments, agencies, and organizations (operating guides) to assist them in carrying out their emergency management duties, including mitigation and recovery.
  • Develop and conduct training and exercises to evaluate the operational capabilities of people, facilities, and equipment.