Engagements

GULF COAST INTERNATIONAL RESILIENCY CENTER, NEW ORLEANS

EMDRC Partners, POC: William Ryan, 504.452.7474, 824 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

EA was selected as a partner in the development of the Gulf Coast International Resiliency Center (GCIRC) in New Orelans, LA. The center will build resiliency to natural and technological disasters, acts of terrorism and pandemic events thus providing enhanced response capabilites to international communities. This project requires the renovation and hardenind of 1.6 million square feet of the former Naval Support Activity.  The GCIRC will include:

Logistics Center

  • Mobilization Center
  • Pre-established responder base camp
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Heliport/helispot facility
  • Bulk storage facility

Business Recovery Center

  • Safe and secure location for continued business operations
  • International, National, Regional partnerships
  • Retain local jobs and revenue

Innovation Center

  • Resident companies
  • Resident government agencies
  • Affiliate members

Learning Center

  • Develop and deliver advanced training and education programs on: Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • International, Naional, Regional partnerships
  • Public and private sectors

 

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HOMELAND SECURITY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, INSTRUCTOR, SENIOR MANAGEMENT CRISIS SEMINAR

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,POC:  Vernon Herron, MS Senior Policy Analyst, 410.706.3501, 240.508.8098

 The University of Maryland Center for Health Homeland Security, in conjunction with the U S Department of State Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, conducts Senior Management Crisis Seminar for high level government official international delegations.  These seminars include best practices and guidance on crisis management, violent civil disturbance response, incident command systems, critical infrastructure protection, crisis communications, emergency planning and the evacuation and sheltering citizens and refugees.  Many of these countries lack organized and trained staff and structure to deal effectively with these issues. Col. Terry Ebbert was selected to develop a training presentation for these senior governmental officials.  His unique background in both local, federal and international emergency preparedness and security operations has enabled him to tailor his presentation to the different needs of the represented countries.  These range from sheltering needs driven by storms and floods to the needs of a country like Lebanon tasked with sheltering 2 million refugees.  The complexity of these issues requires a background of personal experience at all levels of government.  Col Ebbert served as the Director of Homeland Security for the city of New Orleans, Director of Security and Emergency Management for the Department of Energy National Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the Pacific Fleet Security Officer responsible for all US Ports in the Pacific. This broad experience has been vital to understand the complex issues needed to difficult program management and technical support issues.

 

EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND PUBLIC EDUCATION, COUNTER TERRORISM, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILLS AND EXERCISES  

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority,2817 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119,POC: Derrick Breun, COO, 504.858.6776

EA has provided essential services for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA), to include annual safety and security training,  preparation for 3 major inspections (DOTD, TSA, & FRA), and fully HSEEP compliant drills and exercises. RTA was recognized in 2011 by the TSA with the Gold Standard Award for achieving a perfect score in Safety & Security.

Counter-Terrorism Training / National Incident Management System Training– Since 2010, EA has trained all 550 RTA employees, management and supervisors in the areas basic terrorism awareness, to include assessment and reporting, and appropriate responses to protect employees and passengers. Additionally, all employees received Incident Command System (ICS 100, 200, 700 & 800). Supervisors also received ICS 300 & 400 level training.

Emergency Preparedness Drills and Exercises – In 2011, EA planned, coordinated, conducted, and reviewed two RTA Table Top Exercises which included local police, fire, EMS and other local, state, and federal agencies. More than 150 personnel from 14 different agencies participated.  The 2012 exercises included an additional Table Top exercises and a bus and streetcar evacuation functional exercises. In 2013, a Table Top and evacuation drill was conducted prior to the opening of the new Loyola Streetcar line. A table top “Active Shooter” will be conducted during December 2014.  These exercises were designed to highlight and enhance RTA’s security capabilities, develop partnerships, and gain insights in transportation security issues that could then be shared nationwide.

 Public Awareness Campaign – EA developed a public awareness and preparedness program that employed announcements, postings on transit vehicles, and used other media to ensure awareness of heightened alert or threat conditions.

Security Plan Review and Revisions – EA provided a comprehensive review and recommended changes to the RTA Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan (SEPP) that resulted in grade of 100% by the Transportation Security Administration.

Safety Plan Review - EA provided assistance to the RTA in preparation for their Three-Year Safety Review by the Federal Railroad Administration, and the state DOTD. 

Operator Personal Safety Training –EA developed and delivered a customized 90-minute hands-on seminar designed to enhance driver awareness, recognition and actions during potentially dangerous situations.  In 2014 EA delivered Red Cross Safety, CPR and confined safety training.

 

SECURITY / SAFETY ASSESSMENT AND SECURITY ASSESSMENT AND ANTI-TERROROISM TRAINING

TransDev/Greensboro Transit authority, 223 Meadowview Rd,Greensboro, NC 27406, POC: Burley Wilkins, General Manager 336.374.2950

EA conducted an extensive security and safety assessment and provided recommendations to support DOT requirements. EA’s National Transit Institute certified instructors developed and delivered a 90 minute system security and Anti-Terrorism class to all employees in December 2014.

 

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SUPER BOWL 47 SECURITY EXERCISES FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

City of New Orleans, Deputy Mayor Jerry Sneed, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112

EA was selected by CRA, (contracted by the State of LA) to develop and execute an exercise program to test the communication and information/intelligence sharing of local, state, and federal agencies in connection with the upcoming 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. Tasks included: Initial Planning, Mid-Planning and Final Planning Conference for Table Top Exercise, Scenario development for Table Top Exercise, Development of exercise related materials to include Situation Manuals and Exercise Evaluation Guides, Facilitated a Table Top Exercise, Initial Planning, Mid-Planning and Final Planning Conference for Functional Exercise, Scenario development for Functional Communication Exercise (COMEX), Conducted/evaluated COMEX, Prepared HSEEP compliant After Action Review & Process Improvement Plan for both exercises.

 

BP DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL INTERGOVERNMENTAL LIAISON, HURRICANE PLANNING SUPPORT

BP, POC: Dennis Braaten, dbraaten@bp.com

During the BP oil spill that devastated the Gulf Coast, EA was contracted by BP to provided critical interface and coordination with local/state/federal and elected officials and first responder agencies on operational and planning issues.

Strategic Planning Support – Provided experts in response and recovery operations that assisted BP and local responders in mitigating the adverse effects of the oil.

Liaison Officers – EA provided LNOs to bridge the gap between local, state and federal authorities and BP officials to assist in understanding the sensitivities involved during the spill.

Interoperable Communications and Hurricane Planning - Assisted in creating and coordinating communications and hurricane planning at federal, state and local levels. This included the difficult command issues of combining OPA 90 and Stafford Act structures to ensure a plan was developed that would allow for continued communications and a rapid departure of personnel and resources to a safe area and allow for a timely re-deployment to return to work as soon as possible.

 

THE ELECTRIC ON-RAMP

Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Assessment, Logistics and Training, (HA / DR MATOC), (June 2014-ongoing)

The Electric On-Ramp (EOR), POC: Robert Beringer, President & CEO, Phone: 800-960-2469 Ext. 101, bob@eor.us

Ebbert and Associates, in partnership with EOR, was awarded a 3 year MATOC contract for US Southern Command and US Northern Command.  This contract is to provide Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief (HA / DR) throughout Central and South America and Mexico.  This includes task order for relief services and supplies in response to emergencies as well as Disaster Preparedness Assessments, Logistics, and Training requirements.  EA is currently deployed to Grenada with the mission of equipping three Emergency Operations Centers (EOC’s).  Once fully equipped and operating, EA will train and exercise local officials to ensure a “fully operational” emergency capability.

 

AZERBAJAIN

EA was selected by the United States Department of State to conduct a pipeline security training need, assessment and exercise in Azerbaijan.  Based on this assessment EA developed and presented a 40 hour period of instruction, which included a classroom exercise.  This assessment presented language, cultural, technological, security and political challenges.  Azerbaijan Pipeline Protection Services officers from the rank of Lieutenant to General participated in the assessment and training.

Azerbaijan strategically located between Iran and Russia has the major pipeline that traverses multiple types of terrain.  They have currently started construction on the world’s largest natural gas pipeline which only adds to the critical aspects of security and emergency preparedness.  This project required EA to demonstrate skills as subject matter experts in addition to the background needed to gain confidence and respect of civilian, corporate, military, law enforcement and political agencies.

The training was very successful and discussions continue on for additional support in 2015.

 

 NATIONAL STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE - FLUOR FEDERAL PERTROLEUM OPERATIONS

DM Petroleum Operations, 850 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70123, POC: Jack Badinger 504.734.4477

EA has been contracted to provide Subject Matter Experts to serve in critical Incident Command System (ICS) positions to augment the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) operations in the event of catastrophic emergencies or other activations. EA provides ICS augments and key personnel and Evaluators and Observers to assist the SPR during the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Equipment Deployment Exercises.  In 2012, EA participated in a SPR annual PREP exercise in these augment roles and provided evaluators and observers to assist in the evaluation.

 

LEADERSHIP AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND EDUCATION – UNIVERSITIES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES, NONPROFIT AGENCIES, NATIONAL CONFERENCES

POC:  Keith Amacker, kamacker@tulane.edu, 504.247.1662,  Michelle Boullion, mboul1@lsu.edu, 225.939.7766

Developed and executed leadership and emergency management classes designed to help individuals and agencies define, promote and execute effective leadership.  Recent presentations include Louisiana State University, Tulane University, The Brookings Institute, and Marine Forces North.These courses are designed to maximize personal effectiveness and assist agencies in attaining the organizations overall goals and objectives. Courses have been provided to all levels of students from entry level, to executives with each course being uniquely designed for maximum effect.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, HOMELAND SECURITY STUDIES AND ANALYSIS INSTITUTE (HSSAI) - DISTINGUISHED VISITING FELLOW

HSSAI, Analytic Services, Inc., POC: Dr. Phil Anderson 703.416.3277

Terry Ebbert was appointed to this prestigious position to provide expertise, insight and mentoring opportunities across a variety of issues in support of the Department of Homeland Security.  This includes such areas as homeland security resilience, critical infrastructure protection, review of policies/procedures, information sharing, threat analysis and systems analysis and procedure.

 

MATHES BRIERRE ARCHITECTS

POC: Josie Robin  504.586.9303

EA provided Business Continuity training and developed a period of instruction that addressed safety issues for non-construction workers required to visit job sites.  The safety course was approved by the American Institute of Architects as credit for mandatory continuing education units. The course covered Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA), OSHA Inspection, Hazard Analysis, Role of the Site Safety Officer and Recognizing safety hazards and how to protect individuals.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING FOR SCHOOL FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS

POC: Colonel Bill Davis, wpdavis@nomma.net, 504.227.3810

EA facilitates the DHS “Active Shooter” course designed to enhance survivability of faculty and administrators in the event of an active shooter incident.  Additionally, EA provides evaluation of current safety and emergency operations plans for schools.

 

AMTRAK ANNUAL BLOCK TRAINING

POC: Andy Kennedy 970.846.9256

EA provided Amtrak personnel with 6-hour lecture/hands-on training to strengthen their understanding requirements of working with customers with disabilities.  Training included ADA regulations and requirements, coupled with applicable Amtrak polices. A skills development course was provided to ensure proper handling of blind, deaf, and mobility restricted individuals.

 

FEMA LOGISTICS SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

POC: Doug Howenstein 703.947.3876

EA provided Tier 1 subcontractors to work  to identify any Logistics Supply Chain Management System training curriculum gaps in meeting FEMA’s Logistics and Emergency Management mission.

ORRILL, CORDELL & BEARY LLC

POC: Dorthy Tarver 504.585.7696

EA provided subject matter expertise to review plans for hurricane evacuation and execution.  EA’s reviews and analysis were used in dealing with major litigation issues post Katrina.