“Firestorm is the industry leader in data-driven crisis communications”
Brian Graves, Educational Communications and Public Relations
Leading National Crisis Experts
Nationally Recognized. Experienced. Trusted.
Firestorm Transforms Crisis into Value
Firestorm®, a Novume™ company, is America’s Crisis Coach® Since 2005, Firestorm has assisted clients in transforming crisis into value. The Firestorm Predict.Plan.Perform.® methodology combines best-practice consulting with proven crisis management expertise, empowering clients to manage risk and crisis.
Firestorm assesses, audits, develops, trains and tests strategies and programs encompassing emergency response, business continuity, crisis management, and crisis communications/PR. Firestorm demonstrates thought leadership in workplace violence prevention, cyber-breach response, communicable illness/pandemic planning, predictive intelligence, and every preparedness initiative.
Firestorm has worked with hundreds of businesses, organizations and schools to keep tens of thousands of employees, customers and students safer. Firestorm provided crisis management and crisis communications services to Virginia Tech after the shootings, and more recently to Littleton, CO, Roswell, NM and Jefferson County School District in Colorado (location of Columbine) among others.
Firestorm® is a national leader in crisis/consequence management, communications, emergency response and business continuity consulting services. Firestorm utilizes the tremendous knowledge acquired by its founders, staff and Expert Council, while managing some of this nation’s worst crises, to provide critical decision support to its clients.
In January 2017, Firestorm was acquired.
The acquisition was a purchase that included all of the membership interests in each of the Firestorm entities, Firestorm, LLC and Firestorm Franchising, LLC. The acquiring entity became Novume™ in August of 2017 following a merger with Brekford. Learn more at Novume.com
Two Firestorm founders, Harry Rhulen and Suzy Loughlin, joined Novume’s executive team as President and General Counsel/Chief Administrative Officer respectively. The third founder, Jim Satterfield, will serve as the CEO of Firestorm.
“We are excited about partnering with Firestorm,” said Robert A. Berman, Novume CEO. “Firestorm is an industry leader in crisis management, crisis communications, and business continuity, and this acquisition gives Novume penetration into other markets and opens up additional revenue opportunities for our company.”
Novume aggregates highly-specialized, difficult-to-find talent and has the scale and systems to deploy talent efficiently at the enterprise-level at a moment’s notice.
Novume is focused on the logistics of procuring critical human resources and definitive knowledge to the right place at the right time. Whether Novume manages your workforce or provides them with the tools to manage their own success, you need exceptional people with distinctive experience.
The Firestorm mission is to build strong Disaster Ready People and Disaster Ready Businesses. Firestorm assists organizations in developing a culture of preparedness, so they are ready to respond when disaster strikes. The Firestorm Predict.Plan.Perform.® methodology, along with an expert staff allow client organizations to implement comprehensive preparedness programs, which align with or exceed industry best practices.
Firestorm helps its clients identify vulnerabilities and establish appropriate enterprise-wide preparedness programs that encompass emergency response, crisis/consequence management, crisis communications and business continuity. In addition, Firestorm helps its clients protect employees, assets, revenue, brand and reputation, and ultimately, the value to all stakeholders.
The three Firestorm founders have more than 100 years of combined experience handling and managing crises. They gained this experience as C-level officers/directors of companies, and as advisors to boards and management teams. They have extensive experience with both public and private companies.
Firestorm serves its network of clients through offices in multiple locations across the United States, with its corporate headquarters in Atlanta. The Firestorm team is built with senior staff accustomed to working with high-level executives in Fortune 500 companies. They include attorneys, engineers, architects, accountants, and educators, as well as risk management, crisis management, and business continuity professionals. The team combines industry expertise with actual hands-on management experience, thereby enabling them to understand organizational challenges and design solutions.
Firestorm also has an Expert Council™ made up of more than one hundred individuals with world renowned knowledge in their fields. Firestorm leverages their unparalleled expertise in the delivery of services to its clients, by integrating their thought leadership into the methodologies and approaches utilized on all projects.
Together, Firestorm founders, staff, Principals and Expert Council bring a level of credibility and skill to the preparedness and crisis response process unmatched by any other consulting firm.
Firestorm is available to clients, 24 x 7, to plan for and/or mitigate the impacts of any crisis or disaster.
Firestorm Is also the Nation’s Leading Expert In School Violence Prevention, Planning, and Training
Firestorm is a national leader in crisis management consulting and crisis management response. Firestorm was on scene at Virginia Tech, and is currently engaged to help keep hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of students safer.
Firestorm’s School Workplace Violence Prevention Team includes Firestorm principals who have significant experience developing emergency response, crisis management, security and workplace violence plans for K-12 (public and private) as well as higher education institutions throughout the country. They have responded to school shootings, sex abuse, suicides, bullying, sexual harassment, cyber-bullying, hazing, employee-on-employee and student-on-student violence, domestic violence spilling over into the school setting and child pornography.
Firestorm principals and Expert Council members include some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the country on the topic of school and workplace violence, forensic and clinical psychology, threat assessment, security, safety and trauma. Their experience is hands-on, and the lessons-learned that are shared are based on real life experiences handled by these experts. They include team members who led or participated in the response at Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Platte Canyon, Youth With A Mission, Deer Creek, Beslan. They all stand ready to assist at a moment’s notice.
Firestorm can be reached at: 770-643-1114