Successful programs involve validating prevention, interdiction, mitigation, response, recovery and resilience capabilities through training and exercising activities. CRA works with its clients to establish a culture of preparedness that includes solid training and exercise programs. The best way to develop and validate preparedness capabilities is to conduct seminars, workshops, tabletops, drills, functional, full scale exercises. CRA’s exercise professionals develop, design, conduct, and evaluate exercises that are specifically tailored to any preparedness objective. CRA has conducted thousands of exercises since 1984, which have shaped and supported this nation’s preparedness goals. The approach CRA takes not only ensures that the exercises reflect the nation’s best practices, but also a continued commitment to advancing organizational preparedness across a locality, jurisdiction, or region.
Organizational capabilities to proactively and successfully prepare for, respond to, or recover from an emergency or event depends on well-crafted plans, policies and procedures, trained and capable personnel, and an exercise program that focuses on validating those capabilities through regularly scheduled training and exercise activities.
CRA’s philosophy is to partner with its clients in delivering Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercises that meet each organization’s specific needs as well as align with the principle objectives outlines in the NPPD-8 which emphasizes a whole community approach to local and/or regional preparedness. CRA works closely with their customers to ensure realistic and pertinent design scenarios that support their objectives and provide thought provoking discussions and consideration, coordination, and decision making. Exercise discussion and improvement planning typically emphasizes effective communication pathways, command and control, employee safety, business or operational continuity concerns, integration and coordination with internal and external stakeholders, as well as a multitude of other concerns and issues. Evaluation criteria is used to pinpoint best practices, lessons learned, areas for improvement, provide positive feedback to the organizations, and serve as a basis for input into the organizations’ planning and training processes.
CRA has extensive experience and expertise assisting and supporting clients such as Federal, State, and local entities, throughout the continental United States and the U.S. Territories, internationally and private sector institutions. CRA has a longstanding record of service and is committed to assisting its clients in developing effective solutions to domestic preparedness issues in a cost-effective manner.
CRA consultants have designed, developed, conducted and evaluated exercises of all types and scope, for a wide variety of clients in a wide variety of industries, from a simple tabletop involving audiences of less than twenty people, to large scale exercises involving thousands of participants. We have conducted exercises to evaluate incident command system structures, corporate crisis teams, facility emergency plans, business continuity plans, mass fatality emergency response, active shooter events, cyber-attacks, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction, to name a few. We employ personnel and consultants that are thoroughly knowledgeable in FEMA’s HSEEP guidance as well as Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) Program consultants.