Odysseus™ Network:

 

The Odysseus™|CEMP is a web-enabled, cloud-based system that is dedicated to the development and maintenance of complex emergency plans and comprehensive preparedness. Odysseus™|CEMP features the unique characteristic of providing standardization and flexibility, and concurrently utilizes Odysseus™|Committee Manager to promote increased participation and collaboration.

This union greatly increases the preparedness capabilities by efficiently and effectively enabling emergency preparedness organizations to design, develop, maintain, and continually improve preparedness and operations.  Odysseus™|CEMP has proven to be an effective preparedness tool by demonstrating:

  • Improvement to overall plan quality and preparedness,
  • Enhancement of collaboration between partners and increased participation via our Committee Manager tool,
  • Provision of a common operational picture through a common planning structure, and
  • Identification and assessment of preparedness gaps.
  • Odysseus™|CEMP provides jurisdictions with an emergency management planning and preparedness system that facilitates the integration of comprehensive and department-specific emergency planning doctrine in a consistent and operational format.

Meeting Today's Preparedness Challenges

The recent catastrophic events, coupled with the heightened awareness of the increasing number of disasters and emerging threats from such hazards as Pandemic Influenza, have pressured federal officials to issue a multitude of directives, grant requirements, performance measures, and allocate billions of dollars for emergency preparedness.  Although there are current strategies to reduce the burden of programmatic and regulatory silos, the local public safety community will continue to be overwhelmed with the continual stream of new and shifting directions of current federal directives and requirements.  Despite the impending reduction of funding for preparedness efforts,  federal, state, and local emergency management and preparedness professionals will be expected to perform their responsibilities at ever higher levels of operational readiness and efficiency.

ISC's Odysseus™|CEMP offers preparedness professionals with a research-based, technological solution that enhances program capabilities while addressing the challenges and gaps of current preparedness practices.

Planning Challenges & Gaps:

 

Odysseus™|CEMP Solutions:

 

Version Control:

Planning was developed in MS Word on desktop computers and/or shared drives – this led to serious version control issues and a lack of dissemination management.

 

Uniformed Collaboration:

Provides a web-based system providing: high level of security and redundancy, layered access and dissemination, and the ability to manage planning with active version control protocols

 

Plans Gathering Dust:

Planning, once completed, was stored in hard-copy notebooks and/or electronically.  Plans were rarely updated, reviewed, or referred to during a crisis.

 

Living Document:

Planning and preparedness doctrine is securely stored and is available on-line for immediate review or modification

 

Planning Behind Closed Doors:

Planning was developed in a non-collaborative environment - knowledge transfer was inefficient between planners and command personnel; public and private partners rarely see planning after initial completion.

 

Efficient Consensus & Collaboration:

Planning is accessed via multiple layers, enabling planning committees, workgroups, and operations personnel to actively review, comment, share, and ensure program compliance and community consensus.

 

Inconsistent Plan Structure:

Planning was often in a non-standard design.  Inconsistencies resulted in operational confusion and inhibited the implementation of planning for education, training, and exercises.

 

Consistent Yet Flexible:

Planners and personnel have the ability to view all current planning and multiple plans concurrently; and standardize plan organizational structure to provide the flexibility within appropriate operational limits.

 

Inaccessibility:

Planning was difficult to access and plans were rarely reviewed / understood.  Lack of access and understanding reduced situational understanding and operational confusion.

 

Cloud-based Access:

Executives, management, personnel, planners, and public / private partners can access the appropriate plan on-line to gain immediate situational understanding.

 

Maintenance & Update Inefficiencies:

Implementing improvements and updates following an exercise or actual incident caused additional strain on the limited resources.  As a resulted preparedness improvements were not implemented on a timely basis.

 

Integrated Plan Improvements:

Preparedness personnel can connect preparedness and planning components to exercise plans; AARs and IPs address focus on these specific components; planning and preparedness programs are systematically updated and progress is readily identified.

 

Stovepipe Operational Planning:

Preparedness was often prepared in operational silos, causing disconnect, confusion, and challenges in establishing a comprehensive program that is influence by situational awareness, planning, training, exercises, and improvement.

 

Enhanced Preparedness Life Cycle:

Planning is now connected throughout the entire “preparedness cycle” into a comprehensive emergency management program systematically developing efficiently and effectively organizational and operational processes.

 

Single System Dedication:

Many other system vendors requires organizations to invest large capital in one system and discourage the use of other applications or cross-system integrations.  This ultimately limits the capabilities of public safety professionals from executing critical community functions.

 

System Integrations:

We recognize that the public safety professionals must utilize a variety of tools and technologies.  The Odysseus|CEMP can be integrated with any other web-based products, providing our customers with a cost-effective solution that enhances their programmatic and technological capabilities.