JERtConsulting LLC was formed in 2002 by John E. Roberts to assist responders in building capacity for emergency response.

From an initial emphasis solely on providing certified NIMS/ICS (National Incident Management System /Incident Command System) training, John has expanded to support the needs of corporate and international entities and NGOs who use the planning frameworks to address an ever-growing list of emergency challenges that include Incident Management, Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Multi-Agency Coordination for things such as earthquake relief, avian influenza, public health, food safety, foreign animal disease, and pet sheltering.

To date, JERtConsulting has served more than 30 state governments, multiple private sector entities, federal agencies, sovereign nations, universities, hospitals, and veterinary schools. John served with National Area Command Teams (Command and Plans) through 2005. In order to retain early access to critical international and domestic security information, JERtConsulting LLC is a constituent of OSAC, the Overseas Security Advisory Council administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and a member of Infragard, the partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector.

About John E. Roberts

An international consultant with 40 years of experience in emergency response, I retired from the USDA Forest Service in September, 2002, and formed JERtConsulting LLC.  In addition to my consulting work for corporate, state, federal and international entities and NGOs, I still work part-time for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.  I began conducting Incident Command System (ICS) training in the mid 1980s when the ICS was first introduced.  During the final years of Government service, I served 8 years as Director the Federal Government’s National Interagency Center in Arizona specializing in NIMS/ICS Training and Advanced Incident Management.

My career began as a firefighter in 1972 prior to graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1973 with a BS degree in Forestry.  I began serving on National Incident Management Teams in the early 1980s.  I became certified in Area Command in 1987 and served with National Area Command Teams through 2005.  My pre-requisite experience came from qualifications as Incident Commander Type 1, Operations Chief Type 1 and Planning Section Chief Type 1. My most recent experience was serving as Incident Commander for an NGO providing orphan relief in Haiti that included a combination of delivering relief supplies and mapping locations with GPS coordinates for orphanages and churches providing orphan care.

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Training & Certification

For those organizations which must have individuals qualified to meet all the requirements of NIMS/ICS, Lead Instructor John Roberts, a past director of the national training center, is fully certified to provide the complete range of ICS training. John has several courses with specific exercises for situations as diverse as mapping orphanage coordinates in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, foreign animal disease, food safety, pet sheltering and dam breach scenarios that include multi-agency coordination where these overlap with other functions like public health. John has recently added both HSEEP compliant discussion-based and HSEEP compliant operational exercises to some courses. The courses can be tailored to relevant client challenges so that exercises provide hands-on practice using the framework in relevant situations.

Consulting & Training

In addition, John has increasingly been called upon to provide customized response planning for both on-scene and off-site coordination. John has tailored continuity of operations planning or Emergency Support Function (ESF) operations training for organizations which may be working within the NIMS/ICS structure alongside federal and/or state government emergency responders in case of a disaster. Since the introduction of HSEEP, exercise design and training incorporate the core capabilities and arebuilt as HSEEP compliant if requested. John has provided training and plans development in Europe, Central & South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and to 16 countries in Africa under contract to the US Department of State and US Department of Agriculture, has done extensive work with state agencies and universities in the United States, and has met with government agency heads to develop an emergency on-scene response and off-site coordination structure for a small country that encompassed all response levels from local through international support. He brings truly varied experience with the real challenges faced in these situations.


US Department of Defense
Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership
US Department of State
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DOS)
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Animal, Plant, Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Coordination (OHSEC)
Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS)
Forest Service (FS)
Food Safety Inspection Service(FSIS)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRC)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Health & Human Services (HHS)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Food and Drug Agency (FDA)
US Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
National Park Service (NPS)
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Dept. of Treasury
Secret Service

We have the following


  • Belize, 2015: Elections Committee Cayo, NE; Campaign & Polling Org. Development
  • Mali, Niger, Mauritania, 2015: DOS ATA
  • Kabul, Afghanistan, 2015: DOS; Managing an Anti-Terrorism Program (MATP)
  • Manila, Philippines, 2015: DOS Anti-terrorism; Pilot course Critical Incident Mgt.
  • NY, 2015: Ag & Mkts. + FDA/HHS All Hazard IMT training: Food-centric exercises
  • 2015: Develop/Deliver Multi-State / Federal Area Command training: Animal Disease
  • 2015: Lead Exercise Design/Development & Delivery; Type (2) IMT functional exercise;
  • KY, 2014-2015: EM – All Hazard Position training: PSC, FSC, LSC, OSC, IC, PIO, SITL
  • OK, 2015: Wildfire response: ESF4 / EOC
  • Rabat, Morocco, 2014: DOS Diplomatic Security,  Anti-Terrorism Train-the-Trainer.
  • Kabul, Afghanistan, 2014: DOS Diplomatic Security, Lead Instructor, Anti-Terrorism, Crisis Mgt Exercise Design * DOS, 2013:  SME- Curriculum Development Anti-Terrorism Assistance; Crisis Mgt Exercise Design.
  • General Santos, Phillipines & Tblisi, Georgia (2 sessions), 2013:  Trainer for DOS Bureau of Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Training + Emergency Mgt Exercise Design.
  • Burkina Faso & Panama, 2012:  Trainer for DOS Bureau of Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Training/Exercises.
  • Rome, Italy, 2012:  UN/FAO – Specialized ICS training/exercise applications.
  • Planner/Exercise Director:  National Level FMD Functional Exercise, 2012:  (14) States + APHIS HQ.
  • Cananeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2011: S. American Countries (12) Training/Exercise, trans-boundary disease response and inter-country coordination.
  • Guantanamo, Cuba, 2011: DOD – US Naval Hospital; Specialized ICS training & exercise applications.
  • Blue Creek, Beliz, 2011: Assist Belize Poultry Assoc during “Fowl Typhoid” outbreak-response.
  • Washington, DC, 2011: Coach/Evaluator on USDA MAC Group (Multi-agency response Coordination for the 29 USDA agencies) for Dept. of Homeland Security 2011 National Exercise.
  • London, England, 2010: England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland: One of three American representatives; EU compliant Foot & Mouth Disease international exercise.
  • North Carolina Dept. of Ag. & Consumer Services, 2010: Consultant on project involving state and industry participants to design state incident cmd structure; develop & deliver workshop, seminar & tabletop series.
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2010: OIE, FAO, PAHO, CaribVet, IICA, CIRAD: Avian Influenza/ICS + exercises for multi-national organization representing 32 countries/territories.
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti: World Orphans (NGO): Incident Commander and Strategic Planning for the Haiti Orphans Relief Team (HORT) in the aftermath of the massive Jan 12, 2010, earthquake.
  • Accra/Kumasi/Tamale, Ghana: US Dept of State/USAID: ICS & On-Farm Biosecurity Training for poultry farmers, Customs, Police, Immigration, Ministry of Ag-Vet. Services & National Disaster Mgt. Organization, US (various): Consultant for a poultry corporation w/65% US mkt share product. Emergency poultry disease response planning, Incident Mgt. Team Training & exercise.
  • Kololi, Gambia: 5 countries, ICS & Multi-agency coordination training & exercises. Ag + Security Forces, UN Disaster Planning, CDC,in Nigeria & Ghana.
  • Joint Special Operations Task Force (Trans-Sahara): Consultant. Developed a Nigeria tabletop exercise for Trans-Sahara Security Symposium emphasizing joint civil-military coordination.
  • Belize, C.A.: Multi-agency Coordination & ICS workshop. Exercises in International/National/ District/Village level emergency on-scene response and off-site coordination structure.
  • W. African Countries Coalition: 16 countries, ICS training & exercises in emergency response country planning & development.
  • UN/FAO Crisis Mgt. Center, Rome, Italy: Avian Influenza Response; ICS for Executives & organizational planning.
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ministry of Ag & USAID: Avian Influenza ICS / Response Planning and tabletop exercise.
  • World Trade Center Disaster: Incident Mgmt Team supporting Search & Rescue.
  • Incident Commander: Oklahoma State-wide Wildfire Response 2006.




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