URS is one of the foremost providers of first-responder training and exercises, as well as community response plans, to help prepare for man-made and natural disasters. We are a leader in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security national Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, and we provide extensive training and exercise support throughout the United States and its territories. Over the past 20 years, we provided support for hundreds of Presidentially Declared Disasters, including hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and the attack on the World Trade Center.
URS provides infrastructure damage assessment, forensic evaluations, and development of new building code, design, and construction requirements. We also provide mass care and sheltering and temporary housing support in the wake of a disaster, as well as long–term recovery and mitigation community planning. Our services also include hazard and risk analysis, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and grants administration/implementation.
Through our work on behalf of FEMA, URS has acquired unparalleled experience in disaster-response planning. Following a disaster, when restoring normalcy is a priority, we provide a range of architectural, engineering, environmental and inspection services. Within hours of a disaster occurring, URS can provide a sizable staff to manage and operate emergency operations centers.
We also provide the full range of emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation services to the United States Postal Service (USPS). We played a key role in developing the USPS Biological Detection System program, which protects against the introduction of a biological agent into the mail-stream, a national program of critical importance to homeland security.
We provide risk assessment and FEMA-regulated hazard-mitigation planning services for cities and municipalities, as well as for large, public U.S. institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institution. URS also offers comprehensive support services to help protect the public and secure critical infrastructure, military installations, and public buildings against threats.