Emergency Preparedness Training Services

Our Services

Emergency Response Plan Development

HW works with clients in both the government and private sectors to develop, refine and update emergency response plans (ERPs). By working closely with clients and their response partners, HW ensures that new and updated ERPs become usable plans that aid in preparing for, mitigating against, responding to and recovering from both natural and man-made disasters.

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. HW works with clients to develop community-specific hazard mitigation plans, as well as with government agencies to develop national hazard mitigation planning guidance.

National Incident Management System and Incident Command System training

HW provides NIMS and ICS training in all 50 states. The firm frequently updates training materials with the lessons learned and best practices collected during its interactive training sessions. HW also tailors the training to meet sector specific needs while covering the standard NIMS/ICS material. HW instructs in all levels of NIMS/ICS training to include position specific training.

Cybersecurity Workshops & Training for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources

HW produces and delivers cybersecurity workshops for diverse audiences (e.g.,, critical infrastructure owners, IT professionals, general managers, local town officials). HW provides an evolution of the cybersecurity threat, ways to mitigate the threat, and exercises to spark collaborative discussion among the diverse cybersecurity stakeholders.

Training & Exercises

HW follows the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology as the basis for emergency preparedness training and exercises. The firm develops and facilitates both discussion-based and operations-based exercises, working with an exercise design team of local stakeholders. Training & exercises are objective-based and HW creates the circumstances during the exercise that allow participants to discuss and practice targeted capabilities of their response and/or recovery procedures.

Meet Our Team of Experts

Thomas Noble

Tom is a Senior Project Manager with 20 years of professional experience assisting government agencies and private clients in complying with the Bioterrorism Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, Superfund legislation, and both state and local environmental laws and regulations. His main areas of expertise include water security and emergency response training, project management and permitting, hydrologic investigations in support of wastewater treatment facilities, water resource impact analyses, groundwater modeling, technical review, and knowledge transfer.

Currently, Tom serves as the HW’s water security lead, assisting the U.S. EPA Water Security Division, states, and local governments to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from water and wastewater system disasters, both natural and man-made. He is also a veteran of the armed services, having served as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army.
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Carl Simons

Carl Simons is a detailed, proactive planner and implementer with an expertise in plans analysis, exercise development, resource management and disaster recovery initiation. He has 30 years of experience in incident management and emergency response, gained through a successful career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and as an All-hazards Planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Areas of Expertise
Emergency Preparedness & Response, Training Meeting Facilitation, Water Security, All Hazard Emergency Preparedness & Response, All Hazard Exercise Development and Facilitation

Will Keefer

Will Keefer has thirteen years of professional experience in the water sector, which includes seven years of experience in environmental consulting. His main areas of expertise include water security training, drinking water quality analysis, environmental regulatory compliance, asset management/planning, and system health monitoring gained through work in the United States, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. Will schedules, develops, and facilitates a variety of U.S. EPA water sector specific training events across the United States to help water sector utilities and their response partners be better prepared for water and wastewater system disasters, both natural and man-made.

Areas of Expertise
Drinking Water Quality, Wastewater Quality, Environmental Permitting & Compliance, Asset Management Laboratory Analysis, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Water Security Training

Craig Pereira

Craig has provided urban design/physical planning, hazard mitigation/emergency response/climate adaptation planning, regulatory permitting, and landscape architecture services for over ten years to municipal, state agency and private clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, in addition to his work with federal agencies. His range of projects includes comprehensive community plan development and updates, regional transportation planning projects ( including bike path feasibility studies), Transit-Oriented Development, GIS applications (Municipal Hydraulic Model development/updates, Buildout Analyses/Alternative Development Scenario Analyses, Municipal GIS-System development/training), Hazard Mitigation Planning (Hazard Mitigation Plan development/updates, Dam Emergency Action Plans, Benefit-Cost Analyses) and Climate Change/Adaptation Planning with EPA.

Areas of Expertise
Urban Design and Physical Planning, Municipal Planning and Community Outreach, Regulatory Permitting, Geographic Information Systems, Hazard Mitigation/Emergency Response Planning, Climate Change/Adaptation, Landscape Architecture

Kathleen McAllister

Kathleen is currently involved in a number of climate change planning, water resources management, and environmental analysis projects at the municipal, state, and federal levels. In her role as an environmental planner, Kathleen has worked various projects to evaluate local impacts and examine strategies to increase resiliency and improve water resources management and flood protection. She also conducts water quality analysis for permitting projects, as well as demographic and geospatial data collection and analysis. Kathleen serves as a Project Manager for municipal and federal level projects. Kathleen has worked for ten years in the environmental and energy analysis field.

Areas of Expertise
Water Resources Management and Planning, Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning, Climate Change Adaptation Planning, Master Planning and Land Use, Environmental Management and Communications, Renewable Energy Analysis, Cost-Benefit Analysis

Recent Event


Tom Noble, Will Keefer, and Carl Simons led a Florida State Water Sector Workshop and Functional Exercise in West Palm Beach, Florida. This training event targets water and wastewater utilities and their critical customers. The main topic was hurricane preparedness across the state followed by a functional training exercise. The U.S.EPA, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Rural Water Association, Florida Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network, Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach all partnered together to make this event a success!

Training News

HW’s all hazards planning experts assist Brewster with emergency preparedness

HW staff facilitated multiagency emergency preparedness exercise in the nation’s capital

We have trained thousands of emergency and water sector professionals in every state!

“We all learned a great deal from this experience. My branch chief stated that he thought this was the most important project undertaken this year. It helps us with our source water protection work and our DC implementation program.” -Patti Kay Wisniewski, EPA