Assessments & AARs



WHERE: Charlottesville, VA

WHO: State of Virginia, City of Charlottesville, University of Virginia

WHEN: 2017 

WHAT: Comprehensive AAR

OVERVIEW: AAR for the state of Virginia regarding the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally

The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) conducted an after action review for the State of Virginia regarding deadly "Unite the Right" rally that occurred in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2017. As a third-party reviewer, OGL analyzed the actions of the City of Charlottesville, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the University of Virginia leading up to and during the  incident.  This task order culminating in providing recommendations to the Governor’s Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest. 



WHERE: Washington, DC

WHO: District of Columbia

WHEN: 2015

WHAT: Comprehensive AAR

OVERVIEW: AAR for the District of Columbia in relation to a tunnel fire within the city's underground transit system that killed a patron.

On Monday, January 12, 2015, rescue personnel from the District of Columbia (DC) Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS)
Department responded to reports of smoke at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. A six-car Yellow Line Metro train with passengers was stopped in the tunnel approximately 386 feet from the end of the platform. Working with personnel from the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), FEMS evacuated, triaged and transported patients to hospitals. One passenger died.

The purpose of this report was to provide a fact-based account of events, assess response operations by District agencies, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and provide recommendations for corrective action. The focus of this report was on the coordination of operations by District agencies; it was intended to complement agency-specific after-action reviews. 

HSEMA tasked OGL to conduct the review in two phases. During phase 1, the OGL team collected and compiled data from District agencies and conducted preliminary reviews with HSEMA, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS), and the Office of Unified Communications (OUC). During phase 2, the review team continued interviews with other District agencies and organizations, collected additional data, and refined and validated the timeline of events.  During this phase materials related to the communications among passengers, responders and District agencies was addressed.The final report was delivered to HSEMA on June 30, 2015.



WHERE: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX


WHEN: 2016

WHAT: THIRA for the region

OVERVIEW: OGL conducted a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to bolster their planning and response procedures within the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) led the 2017 North Central Texas Council of Governments 2017 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). OGL led 16 counties and 168 cities (“the region”) through the 4-step THIRA process. To begin the THIRA process, OGL conducted a risk assessment to the region’s susceptibility to over 30 threats and hazards. Through this process, OGL was able to identify ten (10) hazards that are most likely to impact the North Central Texas Region. Following the risk assessment process, OGL crafted ten (10) context descriptions for flooding, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, wildland fire, gas pipeline explosion, dam/levee breach, biological attack and a complex coordinated terrorist attack.


Through a series of meetings and conference calls with regional partners and working groups, OGL developed impacts and desired outcomes for each scenario. Follow-up meetings were used to validate the impacts and desired outcomes to develop capability targets. Regional meetings with stakeholders and working groups were held to develop the capability estimation to agreed upon capability targets. Based on the results of these meetings OGL developed the State Preparedness Report identifying recent advancements in capability targets and regional gaps to be addressed in the upcoming year. Final deliverables for the project included an executive summary, THIRA final report, State Preparedness Report, and Regional Implementation Plan



WHERE: Miami, FL

WHO: Miami Beach, FL

WHEN: 2017 

WHAT: Comprehensive AAR

OVERVIEW: After providing surge support to the Miami Beach Emergency Operations Center, OGL wrote a comprehensive AAR regarding the city's response to Hurricane Irma.

OGL designed and conducted and extensive data capture program to inform the AAR analysis. This consisted of a three-pronged approach: First, a comprehensive timeline for response and recovery operations was developed by analyzing the EOC Incident Command System (ICS) documentation, social media posts, and news media reports. This timeline captures key events and actions by Federal, State, and City entities throughout the Hurricane Irma activation. Second, OGL provided operational personnel support to the Miami Beach EOC during response and recovery operations. These personnel provided first-hand information regarding response operations and validated the timeline. Finally, OGL conducted on-site interviews, facilitated group meetings,
and designed a 70-question questionnaire to thoroughly document the perspectives and perceptions of all City personnel and key stakeholders. The HSEEP and NIMS-compliant AAR was organized by response functions, capturing the actions, interactions, and interdependencies of all City stakeholders. OGL facilitated an After-Action Meeting with Miami Beach Departmental, Business, and Executive stakeholder to present and validate the AAR findings and populate the Improvement Plan.