IEM is the world’s largest woman-led disaster management firm.

Who We Are

  • 1985

    Madhu Beriwal founds IEM

    Ms. Beriwal’s goal was to integrate science and technology into emergency management.

  • 1990

    Develops ETEs for New Orleans

    Using state-of-the-art evacuation models, IEM calculated hurricane Evacuation Time Estimates for the New Orleans area.

  • 1991

    Begins support to Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)

    Selected to support FEMA and the U.S. Army in improving public protection around chemical weapons stockpile sites through the use of science and technology. Read more 

  • 1994

    Conducts first international project

    Helped the Government of Russia develop an emergency preparedness implementation plan for the Russian Chemical Weapons Program, as a partner with Bechtel.

  • 1997

    Begins staffing the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity Operations Center

    The first of many Operations Centers (OCs) IEM has staffed, including OCs for the CDC, U.S. Army RDECOM, and the U.S. Army Research Lab.

  • 1997

    Develops groundbreaking QEM® modeling and simulation suite

    QEM® calculates risk for a specific location and then measures the impact of different protection strategies on reducing that risk. The technology has been used for hundreds of risk analyses for FEMA, the U.S. Army, and other customers. Read more 

  • 1998

    Begins support to Westinghouse-Anniston chemical demilitarization facility

    The first of 15 years of comprehensive automation systems support provided to the Westinghouse-Anniston chemical demilitarization facility.

  • 1998

    First year of support to DTRA ACTDs

    For six years, IEM provided training development and delivery support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Restoration of Operations.

  • 1999

    First year of support to U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center

    For 14 years, IEM provided technical and programmatic support to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence’s Maneuver Support Battle Lab and the U.S. Army Engineering School; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) School; and the Military Police School.

  • 2000

    IEM's D2-Puff model accredited by DoD

    The D2-Puff chemical hazard prediction model became one of only 3 such models approved for use by the Department of Defense.

  • 2000

    Wins first of many five-year contracts with FEMA CSEPP

    Through these contracts (ongoing today), IEM provides FEMA with Program Integration support for CSEPP, including science, technology, and programmatic support focused on improving public protection at CSEPP sites.

  • 2000

    Receives DoD's James S. Cogswell Industrial Security Award

    In recognition of sustained outstanding achievement in implementation of the National Industrial Security Program.

  • 2000

    Receives National Reinventing Government Hammer Award

    For helping to build a government that works better and costs less through projects conducted as part of the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) Domestic Preparedness Program Team.

  • 2001

    Conducts first ETEs for nuclear power plants

    The first of many evacuation time estimates IEM has conducted for nuclear power plants; they are a key component of ensuring public safety during nuclear events.

  • 2002

    Conducts first seaport security project

    Completed for the Port of Lake Charles, this was the first of 18 port security projects IEM has conducted to date.

  • 2002

    IEM grant management system deployed for use by all FEMA CSEPP organizations

    Developed for FEMA, IEM’s CA Tools grant management system quickly became an integral part of budgeting and grant management for 79 organizations in the 10 states in the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

  • 2003

    Begins building and implementing bioterrorism response models

    Developed for HHS, IEM’s bioterrorism response and consequence models predict medical demand and casualties associated with response to priority bioterrorism agents. IEM continues to support HHS in bioterrorism response planning today.

  • 2003

    Receives first national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise

    IEM continues to be certified today.

  • 2004

    Coordinated catastrophic planning project for a massive hurricane in Southeast Louisiana ("Hurricane Pam")

    When hurricane Katrina struck one year later, the consequences were eerily similar to what IEM predicted would occur during Hurricane Pam. Read More

  • 2004

    Wins first contract to provide emergency management technical assistance for FEMA

    This was the first of five such contracts with FEMA, through which IEM provided emergency management technical assistance to state and local organizations across the U.S. Read more

  • 2004

    Launches first major emergency response deployment

    Supported FEMA in Florida for the response to Hurricanes Frances and Ivan.

  • 2004

    IEM's WebPuff system fielded at CSEPP sites

    The U.S. Army fielded the WebPuff emergency management decision support system at all chemical weapons stockpile sites in the continental U.S.

  • 2004

    IEM's QEM® technology receives GovSec Profiles in Innovation award

    For Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence.

  • 2005

    Begins support to post-Katrina Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

    Support was provided to the state of Louisiana and included helping Louisiana write the successful $1.4 Billion HMGP application—as of July 2013, the largest HMGP grant in U.S. history.

  • 2005

    Initiates development support for DoD's Joint Effects Model (JEM)

    The first of multiple years of development, integration, and testing support for this CBRN hazard modeling and simulation system.

  • 2005

    Donated $300,000 to support recovery from Hurricane Katrina

    Contributions were made to the Bush-Clinton Katrina fund, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the American Red Cross.

  • 2006

    Launches regional catastrophic earthquake and hurricane planning projects for FEMA

    These projects addressed catastrophic earthquake planning in the New Madrid Seismic Zone and catastrophic hurricane planning in Florida.

  • 2006

    Reviews emergency plans as part of Nationwide Plan Review

    Reviews emergency plans as part of Nationwide Plan Review

  • 2006

    First staff deployment to support Public Assistance as part of disaster recovery

    The first of many IEM Public Assistance deployments, this project aided the Virginia Department of Emergency Management with recovery from two separate disasters.

  • 2007

    IEM national grant management system now web-based

    IEM integrated all the functions of its CA Tools grant management system (see 2002 milestones) into one seamless web-based application, called CSEPP WebCA, which makes the program maintenance-free for the customer while also enhancing user-friendliness, data integrity, and information security.

  • 2008

    IEM's WebPuff system wins URISA award

    Named an Exemplary Systems in Government Distinguished System by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

  • 2008

    Selected to support FEMA mass evacuation planning

    Helped federal, state, and local agencies better plan for mass evacuations in response to catastrophic events.

  • 2008

    IEM President/CEO appointed to prestigious Army Science Board

    To help address critical scientific and technological challenges.

  • 2009

    Begins support to Louisiana's Small Rental Property Grant Program

    For three years, IEM managed and operated the pre-closing, compliance and monitoring, and anti-fraud departments of the program.

  • 2009

    Launches unique approach to regional hazmat transportation studies

    First of many such hazmat studies that provide state and local agencies with critical information about volume, frequency, and routes of priority hazardous materials being transported through a state.

  • 2009

    Begins supporting air operations for FEMA

    Won the first of two FEMA contracts (ongoing today) to help states better plan and execute mass air evacuations of people with critical transportation needs during emergencies.

  • 2009

    Developed S.M.A.R.T. Warfighter training system

    An interactive training technology, S.M.A.R.T. Warfighter helps soldiers learn to recognize potential terrorist threats and take steps to stop or minimize attacks.

  • 2009

    Relocated Headquarters Office to NC

    IEM announced in 2009 that Corporate Headquarters would move from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, bringing IEM to within a half hour flight of our Federal customers. The open house ceremony for the new location was held in August 2010.

  • 2010

    Awarded response planning contract with FEMA

    Chosen by FEMA to support response planning across the U.S., including multiple nationally-significant projects; contract is ongoing today.

  • 2010

    Selected for R&D CBRNE support to ECBC

    Began long-term research and development support for defensive CBRNE systems for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC).

  • 2010

    Chosen as program monitoring/audit contractor for $72M grant program

    Awarded Louisiana Department of Natural Resources contract to monitor and audit program activities for Louisiana’s $72M State Energy Program (SEP) Grant.

  • 2010

    Develops performance measures for DHS

    Selected by DHS Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation to develop and implement strategic, management, and operational performance measures for DHS component organizations.

  • 2010

    Achieves CMMI Maturity Level 3 + IPPD

    Only 8% of defense and federal IT contractors hold a Level 3 Maturity rating.

  • 2011

    Opens IEM India in Gurgaon

    Founded to help an emerging global power meet its security needs smartly through science and technology.

  • 2011

    Initiates first project in India

    Enhancing preparedness and building response capability within the State of Gujarat as a partner with Prestels.

  • 2011

    Begins Serving as Program Monitor for Louisiana Disaster Recovery Program

    IEM is providing Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority with accounting services and grants management expertise for disaster recovery, specifically providing support for FEMA Public Assistance grants.

  • 2011

    IEM President/CEO named an Enterprising Woman of the Year

    By Enterprising Women magazine.

  • 2012

    "Begins Recovery Support for New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy"

    In 2012, IEM helped New Jersey update state operations plans and train responders on them; those personnel have remained in the EOC supporting response and recovery for Superstorm Sandy. Support continues today.

  • 2012

    IEM President/CEO Inducted into Hall of Fame

    IEM President/CEO, Madhu Beriwal, recognized as the CEO of the largest Woman-Owned Homeland Security and Emergency Management Company in the world. Ms. Beriwal was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.

  • 2013

    Begins support to New York Hurricane Sandy Public Assistance efforts

    IEM is providing experts in Public Assistance to the New York State Office of Emergency Management to support disaster recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

  • 2013

    Begins support to New York Hazard Mitigation efforts

    IEM is providing experts in Hazard Mitigation to the New York State Office of Emergency Management to support disaster recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy and to update the state hazard mitigation plan.

  • 2013

    Selected to develop prototype for DoD’s Joint Effects Model 2 (JEM 2)

    JEM 2 will be DoD’s single accredited CBRN hazard modeling and simulation system.

  • 2013

    Launches support to Amtrak

    Chosen by Amtrak to support system-wide emergency action and continuity of operations planning.

  • 2014

    IEM is selected to manage the state of New York’s CDBG Disaster Housing Recovery Program

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  • 2014

    IEM Selected as EAGLE II Contractor

    IEM selected as a prime contractor to support to DHS through the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contract. EAGLE II includes multiple awardees, providing DHS with streamlined access to innovative private-sector expertise for IT support. Read more

  • 2015

    IEM Celebrates 30 Years of Success

    2015 marked 30 years in business for IEM. The company honored this milestone with celebratory events in both the Research Triangle and in Washington, DC. Read more

  • 2015

    IEM's Baton Rouge Office One of Top Five Places to Work

    IEM’s Baton Rouge office is named one of the top 5 places to work in Baton Rouge. Read more

  • 2015

    Initiates first project in the Middle East

    Chosen by the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Emergency Management Center to help improve regional disaster management capability, beginning with a study that will guide development, implementation, and activation of a best-in-class Emergency Management Center for the region.

  • 2016

    IEM's Baton Rouge Office Wins Local Award

    IEM’s Baton Rouge office is named one of the top 10 best places to work in Baton Rouge.

  • 2016

    Awarded second response planning and technical assistance contract with FEMA

    IEM will continue to support FEMA Recovery as the prime contractor of the five-year Planning and Technical Assistance Support (PTAS) contract. Read more

  • 2016

    IEM’s Dr. Rashid Chotani receives 2016 NATO Scientific Achievement Award

    Dr. Rashid Chotani, MD, MPH, was awarded a NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO) Scientific Achievement Award for research on medical countermeasures against biological agents. Read more

  • 2016

    IEM completes work on the New York Rising Housing Recovery Program

    IEM completes work on New York Rising, the post-Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery housing program for the state of New York. Read more

  • 2017

    IEM begins work to support Restore Louisiana Housing Recovery

    IEM begins work for the Restore Louisiana Housing Recovery contract to serve 36,000+ homeowners from the effects of the Great Floods of 2016. Read more

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