Risk Identification: Commonly unidentified risks include lack of preparedness and containment in an infectious disease event. Both of the risks can hinder medical capabilities by indirectly exposing such illness to active response team members as well as impacting response capabilities. EWP strategically identifies and analyzes clients’ internal and external risks, therefore prioritizes response protocols. Identifying and mitigating such risks can ultimately help clients maximize efficiency.
Threat Analysis: EWP’s threat analysis framework diagnoses the probability and impact of both natural and manmade threats. As such, the implications to human health are assessed and necessary countermeasures can be identified. EWP then gauges, models and provides the appropriate scale of response to mitigate such threats.
Assessment of Vulnerabilities: EWP has a proven system of detecting and minimizing vulnerabilities found in client response procedures. Significant response vulnerabilities can be attributed to a lack of integration between health and public safety plans. Other common vulnerabilities are caused by communication gaps due to the utilization of non-standard communication protocols among responders. EWP’s assessments provide clients with actionable and sustainable solutions to prevent potential catastrophic failures found in ineffective emergency management.
Assessment of Critical Operations and Tactics: For example, points of distribution (PODs) for infectious disease management requires an effective plan for each location utilized. Each POD must be evaluated to monitor and/or identify risks and vulnerabilities in examining: staffing availability, training, management procedures, and timely availability of medical countermeasures. Through an evaluation of tactical tools and operational planning, EWP examines specific preemptive elements needed to assure timeliness and appropriateness of each component within the operational plan for each threat.
Communications, clarity, and comprehensiveness are critical in understanding the scale of the event and necessary response. Effective communication requires information technologies (both hardware and software), voice and video communication. EWP provides an analysis of tools and procedures needed to assure the following: situational awareness, response requirements and status, size of medical deployment, and any gaps that arise.
Assessment of Critical Operations and Tactics
Logistics management proves to be a critical contributor to effective response and emergency management. EWP provides assessments and opportunities for improvement in the following areas: procurement, warehousing, transportation, re-stocking.
Common Operation Picture (COP) must be available to all elements involved in the response to assure effective linkage of activity, communication, and persistence. By utilizing COP, public safety, health, transportation and other response elements can execute their functional responsibility. During emergency events, COP permits leadership (political and social) to urgently communicate with the general public.
Operational training in incident command assures efficiency in planning, logistics, financial management, action planning, and sustainable situational awareness. Tactical elements can receive specialized training in focused components such as triage skills, patient transportation management techniques, etc. EWP offers training in a variety of formats and levels for both staff and leadership to strengthen communication, minimize response time, improve forecast accuracy, and reach optimal quality care.