All Hands Consulting - Emergency Management Consulting Firm

What is an Emergency Management Consulting Firm?

What is an Emergency Management Consulting Firm?

I am often asked what I do – but nobody that I talk to ever seems to know what it means to be an emergency management consultant.  When I answer that we help governments, businesses, and communities prepare for disasters, I typically get an odd look (unless I am talking to an Emergency Manager).

Emergency management is a complex process of planning, training, and exercises and should involve the whole community.

All Hands, an Emergency Management Consulting Firm

What is Emergency Management Consulting?

Emergency management consulting firms, and emergency management consultants, help clients with their emergency management programs.  Emergency management is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as “The managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to threats/hazards and cope with disasters.”

We describe emergency management as a comprehensive program to prevent and mitigate hazards and to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents, emergencies and disasters.

Cycle of Preparedness
All Hands Consulting “Cycle of Preparedness”

Broad definitions:

Incident: (An unpleasant and unintended happening that routine emergency response agencies can handle. Or, describes an event, expected or unexpected, involving shortages of time; that place life or property in danger; for which normal police, fire, emergency medical services, or utility response is adequate; that does not require more extensive government or community response effort.

Emergency: An unexpected event involving shortages of time and/or resources which places life and/or property in danger, and which requires immediate response; requires response beyond normal incident response resources. Normally a single incident site.

Disaster: When the resources available are exceeded; or an Event in which a community undergoes severe danger and incurs losses so that the social structure is disrupted; and the fulfillment of all or some of its essential functions is prevented. A disaster situation is comprised of multiple incident sites.

Preparing for emergencies and disasters is a government and business responsibility (and also and individual/family responsibility).  As emergency management consultants, we help government and business mitigate hazards and prepare to respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters when they occur. At the local level, municipal officials have a legal and moral mandate to ensure that their community is prepared to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and disasters, especially in the initial phase of a disaster before the county, state or federal governments provide supplemental assistance.  Local government must be able to execute emergency and recovery plans and functions effectively.

All Hands Community

All Hands Consulting is an emergency management consulting firm with a long history of supporting the greater emergency management community of partners and practitioners.  We launched an information sharing portal, the “All Hand Community” website in the late 1990’s and continued until a few years ago when we determined that social media was changing the way our community members look to network and share information.  To stay current with the times, we embraced social media and began to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to network with other emergency management professionals and the community.


  • @AllHandsDotNet is our All Hands Community Twitter account that we started in 2009 before there was a #SMEM hashtag. All Hands Dot Net shares information on emergency management, homeland security, crisis management, and continuity of operations.
  • @AllHandsEM is our corporate Twitter account.
  • @UrbanAreas Tweets about the Urban Areas Security Initiative () and Homeland Security in general.
Facebook: Our All Hands Consulting Facebook page shares stories of interest on emergency management, homeland security, and business continuity topics as well as updated about our consulting activities.
LinkedIn: The All Hands Community on LinkedIn is a virtual gathering of emergency management, homeland security, and continuity consultants and professionals. Networking here is a great way to share information and exchange ideas with each other to the betterment of the emergency management consulting profession.
All Hands also support three other Linked Groups: