Reprinted from NEMAweb.org
Research Triangle Park, NC, February 26, 2014
How did you end up in the emergency management field?
My first job after graduating was with Louisiana’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (now the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness), serving as program manager of a Hurricane Evacuation Study for Southeast Louisiana.
When I took that on, this gentleman who worked for the city of New Orleans told me that three other studies had failed and that I wouldn’t be able to “herd the cats” in order to get the job done. It wasn’t the technical work that was challenging. It was actually getting people to collaborate with each other.Read more...
Reprinted from The Research Triangle Foundation
Raleigh, NC, February 5, 2014 - The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors; Carol Folt, Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill; Madhu Beriwal, President & CEO of IEM; and D. Keith Pigues, Dean of North Carolina Central University’s Business School.Read more...
Research Triangle Park, NC, January 9, 2014 – Veteran Program Manager Abu Talib has joined global security consulting firm IEM as Director of Defense Programs. Based in IEM’s Washington, DC office, Talib will lead and grow IEM’s Department of Defense and Homeland Defense business areas.Read more...
Reprinted from the office of Congressman David Price
Washington, D.C., Sept 26, 2013 – This morning, Representative David Price (D-NC), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, hailed today’s announcement that Durham-based Innovative Emergency Management (IEM) had been awarded three Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracts worth over $6.9 million.
“I am very pleased a company from the Fourth District is taking a leading role in supporting a program that helps keep Americans safe,” Rep. Price said. “IEM’s work will advance a crucial homeland security and preparedness objective.”Read more...
Reprinted from the examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/article/toxic-chemical-dispersion-modeled)
Tool developed for the Army to protect from dangerous chemical dispersion to be presented in a paper at the IEEE International Conference on Homeland Security in Boston
BOSTON (Sept. 30, 2013) - Fears of toxic accidents and protecting the public in a chemical emergency, such as the recent terror attacks in Syria, are prompting a new look at solutions. Among the technologies being presented at the IEEE Homeland Security conference coming to Boston is a web-based emergency management decision support system.
The tool is WebPuff developed by IEM, and has been in use by the military since 2004 when it was fielded at sites in the continental U.S. where chemical weapons are stored. "WebPuff is unique because it integrates real and forecast weather as well as topography data to generate the most realistic path of a chemical plume over space and time," says IEM's CEO Madhu Beriwal.
A state of the art GIS map within WebPuff provides users with real-time indications of plume arrival and departure times for areas at risk. And the tool calculates the optimal time for residents to exit a shelter. "If residents don't exit a shelter at the right time," said Beriwal, "at some point, the concentration of chemical inside the shelter will be greater than the concentration outside."
Beriwal spoke by phone from her office near Durham, NC, on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience. See related story and photo of Beriwal at the Examiner here.
WebPuff can be used to model a number of toxic industrial chemicals and has been designed to be easily customizable for use with other hazards and other concepts of operations.
HST '13 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation and showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:
- Cyber Security
- Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
- Land & Maritime Border Security
- Biometrics & Forensics
HST '13 is produced by IEEE with technical support from Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE are providing organizational support.
IEEE (www.ieee.org) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE-USA (www.ieeeusa.org) advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 206,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.
IEM CEO Madhu Beriwal Discusses Life and Emergency Management as Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Nears
Raleigh, NC, August 26, 2013 - IEM’s President and CEO, Madhu Beriwal, spoke on North Carolina’s Public Radio show, “The State of Things” today. She talks with host Frank Stasio about her life and research in emergency management. Beriwal shares stories of her life growing up as an educated woman in Calcutta, India, her bold move to the United States as a college student and what led her to start her own company, IEM, in 1985. She reflects on what inspired her passion for emergency management, specifically hurricane planning.Read more...
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, July 10, 2013 – In support of summer educational programs provided by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for gifted fifth and sixth graders, IEM has hosted three interactive educational special activity sessions at their Research Triangle Park Headquarters office. Students in the program participated in a week-long summer experience called Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions (CRISIS).Read more...
Issued by the office of Governor McCrory
Raleigh, NC, July 15, 2013 - Governor McCrory announced the following appointments today:Read more...
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 5, 2013 - Say that for any given input value, x, we know how to compute an output value, y. There are many situations in which we know the output value, y, and would like to be able to determine the value of x that produced it. Sometimes this can easily be done using algebra or other math, but other times it is not possible to get an exact mathematical answer.Read more...
Washington, D.C., January 17, 2013 – IEM Vice President of Response and Defense, Richard Rowe, Major General US Army (Retired), was interviewed by NBC and Bloomberg News about his thoughts on security for President’s Obama second inauguration Read more...
Learns about IEM’s Homeland Security and Defense Solutions and Holds Town Hall
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, October 1, 2012 – During a visit to IEM’s Headquarters office in the Research Triangle Park on Friday, September 28, Congressman David Price (D-NC) met with IEM leadership to learn more about key projects the company is leading to improve safety, security, and resiliency at the Federal, state, and local levels, working with agencies such as the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Health and Human Services.Read more...
Issued by the office of Representative David Price (NC-04)
Washington, D.C., September 19, 2012 – Representative David Price (NC-04), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that two Durham companies have received a total of $8.4 million in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).Read more...
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 28, 2012 – Hurricane Isaac is currently predicted to make landfall near New Orleans on or just before the 7-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. However, global security consulting firm IEM estimates the results will be far different.Read more...
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 16, 2012 – Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO of North Carolina-based IEM, has been chosen by the International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM) for induction into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.Read more...