We provide a full range of comprehensive emergency management planning, continuity of operations planning, and continuity of government planning services. We can train your personnel in the plan and critical aspects of that plan such as the Incident Command System (ICS), the incident planning process, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management. We also offer a full array of HSEEP-consistent exercise programs, including seminars, workshops, table-tops, games, drills, functional, and full-scale exercises to test your plans and hone your capabilities.
In May of 2017, we celebrated five years of providing expert and experienced consultation services for a wide range of clients. EPS has worked with organizations across the nation providing customized solutions to meet client needs incorporating best practices, industry standards (such as NIMS, HSEEP, CPG-101, and NFPA 1600) and our own extensive experience in planning, training, and exercises. We consider each client’s hazards, capabilities, and culture to create a fully applicable and unique solution to meet their preparedness needs.
Our team brings real-word experience to our clients, with a range of backgrounds in public safety, emergency management, and other related fields. To complement their expertise, our team members possess educational and professional credentials that emphasize their proficiency and capability. While we accomplish most projects on our own, we maintain good relationships within the industry allowing us to leverage subcontractors for a range of specific capabilities to meet the needs of clients.
Dr. Robin Riecker
Dr. Robin Riecker (Ed.D.), EPS’s managing partner, has been an educator for over twenty years and currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at Herkimer College where she oversees programs including education, criminal justice, cybersecurity, and a phase I police academy. Robin specializes in education, needs assessment, research, and analysis and evaluation of policy and plans. She has presented nationally and internationally on instructional technologies and the use of dialogue to build competence and as an assessment tool. She has served as EPS’ Principal Investigator on a National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board project to validate airport emergency exercises and has provided subject matter expertise to a variety of other EPS projects.
Dr. Riecker serves as a representative of the college administration on the college’s emergency management team, which has addressed such issues as routine weather emergencies and utility outages, as well as acts of violence on or near the campus, such as the 2013 active shooter in the Village of Herkimer. Her knowledge, skills and leadership contribute to the individualized service and quality provided to the clients of EPS.
EPS’s project manager and principal consultant, Tim Riecker, is recognized nationally as an expert in preparedness, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Mr. Riecker is a FEMA Master Trainer, certified as an HSEEP instructor, and a multitude of other courses, including those on NIMS/ICS, emergency planning, instructor development, and exercise management. Mr. Riecker has over two decades of experience in public safety, including local emergency response as a chief officer, state-level emergency management as a senior manager, and public safety consulting across the nation.
As former State Training Officer (STO) and Exercise Training Officer (ETO) for the State of New York and through his work as a consultant, Mr. Riecker has worked with stakeholders across the nation within public, private, and non-government organizations; in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. He understands the needs of different stakeholders within various sectors and industries. He has a successful record of leading complex projects involving a variety of stakeholders, personnel, and timelines.
Mr. Riecker has participated in the management of 20 Presidentially declared disasters including the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks and hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; as well as other disasters and emergencies including capsized ships, airplane crashes, and numerous severe storms and floods. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, is a Certified Emergency and Disaster Professional (CEDP), and is an NFPA 3000 (Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response) Program Specialist.
Mr. Jon Stewart, PMP, MEP is a Senior Associate with EPS specializing in the full spectrum of preparedness, including planning, training, and exercises. For the past 18 years, he has worked together with local, state, and federal partners to help improve their emergency management and homeland security programs. He knows that there are no pre-scripted answers to emergency management and believes in providing customized solutions to all challenges. For the past several years, Mr. Stewart has worked with the District of Columbia and the National Capital Region (NCR) on a variety of preparedness and response efforts, including leading the NCR’s CCA preparedness initiatives and supporting the preparation for a variety of mass gatherings, including National Special Security Events (NSSEs).
Mr. Stewart has provided direct emergency management and homeland security support to over 100 different counties and cities in over 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His technical experience and skills sets include: updating and developing CPG 101 compliant EOPs and annexes; evaluating plans, policies, and procedures for compliance and effectiveness; developing and facilitating complex training courses; designing, conducting, and evaluating HSEEP consistent exercises; formulating and preparing THIRAs and SPRs; planning and conducting in-depth studies and analysis; conducting threat and vulnerability assessments; and developing and conducting briefings and reports.