At VPC India, our goal is to provide governments and institutions our expertise in all fields of emergency management to help reduce risk, protect people, secure physical assets, and improve economic well-being.
We pride ourselves with our diverse and comprehensive Disaster Management Experience
Collectively we have more than 150 years of experience
Disaster Preparedness Brochures
VPC developed a one-page template and brochures for the 16 annexes to the National Security Special Events Guide. Each annex included a mission statement, agency overview, key roles and responsibilities, subcommittees served on, and planning checklist. Individual annexes were developed and tailored for each of the 16 agencies. Agencies included: Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Metropolitan Police Department, Department of Public Works, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, etc.
Hazard Specific Fact Sheets
VPC assisted the Washington DC Emergency Management Agency and prepared crisis communications and messaging associated with specific natural and technological/man-made hazards. VPC also developed hazard-specific fact sheets for use on the specific Agency’s website, which discusses preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery measures for each hazard.
Disaster Planning Guides in 6 Different Languages
VPC designed the ReadyDC website to provide easy-to-understand, emergency preparedness information and convey simple, clear, and consistent messages to the public in six different languages. The reference portal included eight (8) natural hazards, five (5) technological hazards, and five (5) terrorism hazards, each of which with specific information on how to prepare before a hazard, what to do during, and what to do after a specific hazard event.
VPC designed the ReadyDC website to function as reference portal for constituents looking for easy-to-understand, emergency preparedness information and to convey simple, clear, and consistent messages to the public. The portal included eight (8) natural hazards, five (5) technological hazards, and (5) terrorism hazards. The design elements and web pages catered to persons with Access and Functional needs, as well as those with limited/no English proficiency, and was designed to be compatible with smart phone web readers and mobile hardware and software.
Exercise and Training Sessions
VPC supported the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant planning sessions and training exercises. Support included developing After Action Reports (AARs) and Exercise Evaluation Guides, as well as Situation Manuals (SitMan) to provide exercise participants with the necessary tools for their roles in the exercise.
Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs)
VPC developed these plans to include procedures for implementing actions to continue essential functions within the Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) established by the COOP Team, and to maintain the identified governmental essential functions for up to 30 days from when the disruption occurred.
Hazard Mitigation Plans for County governments
VPC worked with County governments to reduce the impacts from future hazard events by performing hazard risks assessments and developing structural and non-structural mitigation actions related to the following categories: prevention, property protection, emergency services, structural projects, natural resource protection projects, and public outreach initiatives.
Hazard Mitigation Plans for local governments
VPC worked with local governments to reduce the impacts from future hazard events. Key steps in the local plans included: a hazard identification and risk/vulnerability assessment; a capability assessment; hazard-specific mitigation alternatives; and an implementation plan. Public involvement was conducted through surveys, open houses, municipal workshops and committee meetings.
Historic Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Plans for local governments (500 properties)
VPC delivered a comprehensive look at the flood vulnerability of historic and cultural resources in eight (8) historic jurisdictions, including four waterfront villages. Approximately 30 highly vulnerable properties located in the 10%, 5%, 2%, 1% and 0.2% floodplain were identified and analyzed, as well as considerations for estimated sea level rise for the years 2050 and 2100. Each historic property that was at-risk was examined for its age, style, building materials, existing mitigation measures, and specific mitigation actions were recommended for each property.
Flood Mitigation Plans
The flood mitigation plan involved the development of a flood hazard and risk assessment, risk/vulnerability analysis, mitigation capability assessment, and recommended mitigation actions for flood-related disasters. VPC utilized a multi-hazard software to estimate the financial losses associated with different specific levels of floodwater. Cross referencing LiDAR elevation data with flood polygons of Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps generated flood depth grids for areas based on the 10%, 5%, 2%, 1% and 0.2% chance of flood occurrences in 2016, 2050, and 2100. Specific mitigation actions included relocations, raising utilities, flood audits, and stormwater management techniques.
Hazard Vulnerability Assessments
VPC usedFEMA’s HAZUS-MH software to estimate the financial losses associated with specific levels of floodwater. The analysis took into consideration how far inland the water would go, its height, and the amount of damage it would cause. Flood depth grids were generated for areas based on 10%, 4%, 2% 1% and .02% chance of flood occurrences for the years 2016, 2050, and 2100.
Disaster Resilient University Plans
The purpose of the plans was to provide a mechanism for the campuses to become better prepared to face threats from natural and man-made/technological hazards, and to develop a road map for future resiliency efforts. Key recommendations for the different campuses included, but not limited to: evaluating building features for wind resistance, redevelopment programs to strengthen existing structures, assessment and evaluation of warning systems, and enhancements complementary to the University’s alert system. Detailed engineering analysis was conducted for all vulnerable structures which resulted in raising utilities, constructing flood walls, berms, and levees, and abandoning specific buildings in the 100-year floodplain.
Threat Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs)
VPC developed THIRAs based on the Homeland Security Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 201) in four tasks. VPC identified threats and hazards of concern and provided the threats and hazards context; established capability targets; and applied results to critical transportation, environmental response/health, and safety, mass care services, infrastructure, etc. A significant part of the THIRA was to identify potential impacts to the community, and to define capability targets for the desired outcome for each of the 31 core capabilities. Core capabilities areas included: Planning, Public Information and Warning, Operational Coordination, Forensics and Attribution, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and more
Recovery and Resiliency
Disaster Recovery Support Functions
VPC supported the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with enhancing coordination and improving readiness to disaster events through pre-event disaster recovery planning. VPC helped improve coordination and management, and provided support to improve capabilities and enhance capacity across six recovery support functions (RSF), including: Community Planning and Capacity Building; Economic; Health and Social Services; Housing; Infrastructure; and Natural and Cultural Resources. For each RSF, VPC: built and sustained capabilities and capacities to support identified disaster recovery outcomes; 2) developed mechanisms (plans, guidance, staffing, training, and exercises) to address various specific operational interagency gaps; and 3) developed training frameworks and ways to track implementation, performance, and effectiveness of those mechanisms.
Economic Resilience Strategies
VPC developed an economic resilience element for inclusion in the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and provided a framework for the regional economy to be able to prepare for, withstand, avoid, and/or quickly recover from an economic shock resulting from a natural or man-made/technological disaster. A survey was developed that helped identify: chief impediments to becoming an economically resilient region; rankings of the regional economic weaknesses; and coordination and communication between emergency management and economic development activities. The economic resilience element focused on: integration of planning efforts; survey development and dissemination; development of goals, objectives, and resilience actions. Engagement efforts included ensured coordination with planning team member, including federal, state, and local government representatives, academia representatives, and local business owners
Community Outreach Events
VPC developed comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategy for each of the eight (8) wards (city sectors) in Washington, D.C. VPC staff worked with over 80 people from 55 organizations in the City, including City Council liaisons, religious groups, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Area Neighborhood Commissions. District Agencies and local universities were interviewed by VPC during the stakeholder engagement process.
Stakeholder Interviews and Surveys
VPC identified approximately 20 stakeholders for one-on-one interviews to develop key messages and outreach objectives regarding the development of a Strategic Communications Plan. A fishing industry and stakeholder survey was developed to help identify stakeholders’ specific needs and desires. Stakeholders included fishermen, industry organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, environmental advocacy groups, and regulatory agencies. The Communications Plan focused on: identifying targeted audiences; developing outreach outlets; developing a mission and goals; message framing; and enhancing feedback channels. The implementation strategy identified agencies responsible for message development, release, and providing responses; a mechanism for tracking outreach effectiveness; and a timeline for scheduled releases.