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All Hazards Preparedness, Planning, Consulting & Recovery Services - HP10-17

Contract No.: HP10-17

Effective Date: November 01, 2017 thru July 31, 2020

Michael Baker International, Inc.

Services Included:

 

EMERGENCY PLANNING

Emergency Response/Operations

Emergency Response/Operations Planning   follow similar protocols/processes and are referred to with many different names including Emergency Action Plans, Emergency Response Plans, Emergency Operations Plans, Emergency Management Plans, Continuity Plans, Evacuation Plans, All Hazards Plans, etc. The planning process involves adhering to Comprehensive Preparedness Guidance (CPG-101) and the Six-Step Planning Process.

Continuity of Operations/Business Continuity Planning 

Services for Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) can be at the local and state levels.  COOP and BCP Planning helps with the continuation of an organization’s essential functions for all-hazard events. The planning process involves adhering to FEMA’s Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC 1) Guidance for Non-Federal Entities and Continuity Guidance Circular 2 (CGC 2) Essential Functions Identification.

Continuity of Government

Continuity of Government (CoG) Planning helps ensure the continuity of essential functions under all circumstances that may disrupt normal operations.  Acts of nature, domestic terrorist incidents, power outages, technological emergencies and accidents - have increased awareness that governments need to be able to continue their essential functions across a broad spectrum of emergencies. 

Hazard Mitigation

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. State and local mitigation plans need to be updated so they meet FEMA Enhanced Plan, Emergency Management Accreditation Program, and Community Rating System standards.  Further Mitigation Planning can supplement state and local mitigation programs in a variety of ways such as the administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or pre-disaster mitigation programs. 

Evacuation and Sheltering

Evacuation and Sheltering Planning Plans provides a means to reduce the potential of injury or death to citizens and visitors by moving them out of harm’s way in response to probable threats such as weather and natural disasters, transportation accidents, chemical and biological terrorism, and explosive devices.

This factors in hospitals, assisted living facilities, senior living facilities, prisons, and nursing homes while alternative transportation forms to facilitate evacuation. Assessments of shelters and destination points are critical including Functional Needs Populations and pet shelters and an assessment of resources needed to support the shelter population.

Regional All-Hazard Catastrophic Response Plans

These plans describes specific strategies to execute a unified response to a severe incident anywhere in the U.S. These plans focuses on the coordinated deployment of incident management and response capabilities, equipment, and resources in support of state and local response to any severe incident. This plan provides the core  disaster response capability needed to save lives, reduce suffering, and protect property in communities throughout the U.S. that have been overwhelmed by the impact of an all-hazard incident.

Disaster Debris Management

Disaster Debris Management Plan (Debris Management Plan) is intended to facilitate rapid response and recovery efforts during potential disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, and wind, snow, and ice storms. Debris generated during these types of events can obstruct roadways, cause power outages, and interrupt essential services. A coordinated and effective plan for managing debris can lessen the impacts on communities, economy, and the environment.

Damage Assessment

Damage Assessment Plans provides for a coordinated effort to assess damage to infrastructure and public and private property following a disaster.  It provides damage assessment information that will aid Incident Commanders in prioritizing response activities and allocating resources immediately following an event.

Climate Change Resiliency

A future involving more variable temperature, precipitation, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels will accelerate the pace and intensity of the shocks and stresses facing communities globally. Cities are particularly vulnerable because of their concentration of people and assets, as well as the degradation of protective ecosystems.  Our climate resiliency planning work provides expert support for understanding the relevant science, quantifying future risk due to a changing climate, and prioritizing action to mitigate these risks.

 

DISASTER EXERCISES AND TRAINING

Disaster Exercises

Exercises address the planning and response for all-hazards, including natural disasters and terrorist incidents involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Exercises includes the design, development, conduct, and evaluation compliant with FEMA’s Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and are delivered in the form of tabletop, drills, and full-scale exercises.

Disaster Training

Emergency Preparedness Training can include but not limited to: Incident Command System (ICS) ICS 100 through 400 level courses, ICS-402 ICS Overview for Executives/Senior Officials, and Workshops for G191 ICS/EOC Interface and Continuity of Operations and Reconstitution Planning.

 

EMERGENCY TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Geospatial Information Technology 

Geographic Information System

Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping critical to emergency planning. GIS Maps are a way to visualize spatial relationships. GIS relates different types of information in terms of their spatial relationships and provides situational awareness during and after disaster incidents.

Public Safety Answering Point Technology

The Next Generation 911 (NG911) architecture represents an overhaul and redesign of the nation’s legacy 911 systems. It will allow any telecommunications device that can connect to the internet to reach a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for emergency services. The business of emergency response ultimately comes down to saving lives. With the transition to a NG911 architecture, quality GIS data becomes mission critical to call routing, dispatch and response.

 

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Study

A Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Commodity Flow Study is intended to identify the types and amounts of HazMat transported through a specified geographic area. These studies specifically address routes (rail, roadway, and pipelines) used for transporting HazMat commodities.  It is a methodical way to identify and quantify the unique HazMat transportation hazards that may be present in a community.

Post Disaster Hazardous Material Monitoring, Cleanup, Remediation, and Restoration

After a petroleum spill or other hazardous substance release, efforts are needed to control and clean up the substance in order to eliminate or reduce risks to human health and the environment. Emergency restoration includes actions for the restoration to prevent or reduce continuing natural resource impacts and prevent potential irreversible loss of natural resources.

Services include:  waste characterization; soil, sediment, and groundwater remediation; demolition & decontamination; wetland/stream restoration; asset valuation and reuse potential; recycling programs; waste removal and disposal; and program management.

 

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ASSESSMENTS

Threat and Risk Assessments

Threat and Risk Assessments (THIRA) is a tool that allows a jurisdiction to understand the threats and hazards it faces and how the impacts may vary according to time of occurrence, season, location, and other community factors. This involves adhering to FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guidance 201 (CPG 201). States and UASI urban areas are encouraged by FEMA to conduct THIRAs.

Vulnerability Assessments

Several events in the recent past, including the attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, revealed the lack of plans to protect infrastructure from destructive threats and prompts the need to work on preparedness, response, and recovery plans related to infrastructure safety.
Therefore, it is important to identify and fortify the vulnerable critical infrastructure ahead of time to significantly reduce the potential damage due to disasters or acts of terrorism.

Post Disaster Bridge and Highway Assessment and Inspection

Assessment of potentially impacted bridges and highways as quickly as possible after a wide-scale disaster, e.g. earthquake, floods, etc. typically consists of an initial visual assessment of damage and overall functionality for continued use.  For bridges the inspection is a general determination about impacts to a bridge’s stability and load-carrying capacity based upon a visual examination of structural components and possibly revised load rating calculations. Note that Baker owns and currently utilizes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for transportation related projects and is investigating various ways to safely apply this technology to emergency assessment of infrastructure damage. 

Post Disaster Dam Inspection

Inspection of a dam immediately following an earthquake and flooding is most crucial to decisions regarding continued operation of the structure. Follow up inspections provide more detailed information on structure performance for the design of any needed repairs and provide insight to structural performance under seismic loading.

 

OTHER SERVICES

Homeland Security Grant Program Writing

This grant program enhances the country's ability to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from potential attacks and other hazards. The program is one of the main mechanisms in funding the creation and maintenance of national preparedness. This involves understanding the application and investment justification process.

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Administration

The FEMA Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments and certain private non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. This includes the following:
• Debris removal
• Emergency protective measures
• Roads and bridges
• Water control facilities
• Public buildings and contents
• Public utilities
• Parks, recreational, and other facilities

Public Outreach and Engagement

Public Outreach and Engagement provides the information people need to make good decisions for themselves, before, during and after an emergency is a key component of Hazard Mitigation and Evacuation Planning.  Community understanding and support for the output of any planning work is essential to that action’s success.  Skilled public outreach and engagement is of fundamental importance to all of work so that we can successfully bridge the gap between planning and action.

 

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