America's Top Military Shipbuilder Turns to Burwell Group

America’s Top Military Shipbuilder Turns to Burwell Group for their Crisis Communications and Emergency Management needs.

Situation/Objective

Our client is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines.

Having a sound crisis communications/emergency management plan and procedures is critical due to the sensitive nature of their operations. Burwell Group was called in to provide both a comprehensive assessment of our client’s existing plans and procedures and an effective emergency management review.

Analysis/Strategy

Burwell Group conducted a comprehensive emergency management review of their current crisis communications and emergency management plans and procedures. The goal of the review was to provide a sustainable, integrated Emergency Preparedness Program that supports the current needs and requirements of the organization while allowing for adaptability with their changing needs in the future.

Burwell Group employed a standard emergency management model that addressed each planning aspect from the perspective of the four phases of emergency management; Mitigation & Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

A primary factor in the development of a sustainable program is the completion of a thorough assessment of all current activities, capabilities, and plans.

Before attempting to review an Emergency Management Program, it was necessary to define the current state of our client’s current plans, procedures, and policies. Having completed this baseline assessment, Burwell Group determined that management had addressed many of the core values, standards, policies, and procedures required in an Emergency Preparedness and Security plan. However, much like many agencies and organizations plans, over time, there is a need for modification and revisions of those plans.

In the conduct of this project, Burwell Group engaged the services of emergency management and planning specialists with experience in employing the standards of the National Incident Management System, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), the National Incident Management System Capability Assessment Support Tool (NIMSCAST), the National Preparedness Goal Target Capabilities List, and industry best practices. Each element of the emergency management model was assessed using the most current and applicable regulations and guidance specific to that element.

Results/Execution

Burwell Group developed an effective emergency management review that was sustainable, integrated seamlessly with key stakeholder agencies, and is adaptable to future growth and changes in the needs of our client. This review included emergency plans and procedures, recommended training programs for current staff, protocol when new staff is hired, and the supporting training programs addressing those needs. We also considered the need for and timing of drills and exercises to ensure that staff are knowledgeable and proficient in the roles and responsibilities identified in the plan and procedures.