Establishing capability-based preparedness

Cytel Group has extensive experience in developing strategic programs that begin with comprehensive risk, capabilities, and needs assessments.  These assessments produce valuable data to help drive necessary policies and programs.  Our assessments include capabilities related to crisis management, standardized emergency management systems, interoperable communications, intelligence gathering and dissemination, tactical capabilities related to SWAT, Bomb Squad, K9, Hazardous Materials response and decontamination, collapse structure rescue, and crowd management, to name a few.

Cytel Group works with regional governmental bodies to establish the vision, policy, and doctrine to enhance capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from all hazards. Our programs and systems assist regions to establish “capability-based preparedness” by determining:

  • How prepared the region should be
  • How prepared the region currently is
  • What should be done to close the gap


Cytel Group understands the National Response Plan (NRP) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and emergencies. Preparedness is achieved and maintained through a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action. Ongoing preparedness efforts among all those involved in emergency management and incident response activities ensure coordination during times of crisis.

Cytel Group believes prioritization of goals and objectives should be based on risk and capabilities assessment data. Using the capabilities based planning model, each goal and related objective are implemented through a series of resource and capability elements including: Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training and Exercises (POETE):


Process for collection and analysis of intelligence and information, and development of policies, plans, procedures, agreements, strategies, and other publications that comply with relevant laws, regulations, and guidance necessary to perform assigned missions and actions.


Specific personnel, groups or teams, an overall organizational structure, and leadership at each level in the structure that comply with relevant laws, regulations, and guidance necessary to perform assigned missions and tasks.


Major items of equipment, supplies, facilities, and systems that comply with relevant standards necessary to perform assigned missions and tasks.


Content and methods of delivery that comply with training standards necessary to perform assigned missions and tasks.


Exercises, self-assessments, peer-assessments, outside review, compliance monitoring, and actual major events that provide opportunities to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve the combined capability and interoperability of the other capability elements to perform assigned missions and tasks to standards necessary to achieve successful outcomes.

Examples of Goals and objectives that develop as a result of assessments include the need to:

  • Develop a Risk Management and Mitigation Planning Program
  • Develop/Enhance Information Analysis and Fusion Center Capabilities
  • Develop a national standardized emergency response system
  • Increase Infrastructure Protection Capabilities
  • Enhance Interoperable Communications Capabilities
  • Enhance Emergency Operations and Crisis Management Capabilities
  • Strengthen CBRNE Detection, Response and Decontamination Capabilities
  • Enhance Medical Surge and Mass Prophylaxis Capabilities
  • Strengthen Planning and Citizen Preparedness Capabilities
  • Enhance Recovery Capabilities
  • Enhance Tactical Response Capabilities
  • Increase Military-Civilian Integration Programs and Exercises
  • Establish a formalized Multi-Year National Training and Exercise Plan
  • Conduct a comprehensive regional full-scale exercise