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The Go-To Crisis Management Resource for Rail Industry Stakeholders

Incidents involving the transport of light sweet crude oil via rail have raised concerns across North America. This continues to prompt new regulations, increased media scrutiny and public distrust. The result is a climate in which the oil industry must continually reassess its policies and practices in order to maintain compliance, understand exposures and reduce risk.  Witt O’Brien’s is a global crisis management firm with deep experience in the oil industry. We specialize in working with companies to help identify and mitigate risks associated with crude by rail operations. And, should an incident occur, we are the go-to resource for comprehensive crisis management support.

Our oil industry clientele benefit from our work with other entities connected to crude by rail transport, including rail companies. We’ve done everything from the evaluation, updating and testing a short-line railroad’s emergency plan to the implementation of our industry leading proprietary crisis communications platform, PIER, for a Class 1 railroad.  Our goal is to help prevent incidents from occurring and to protect our clients’ interests. We provide safety reviews of rail yards at terminals and refineries. We assess and provide guidance on addressing risks. We help ensure compliance with continually evolving regulatory requirements from rail, safety and environmental perspectives. We also assess total incident preparedness and response capabilities.



ePlanPro® provides a comprehensive and quality controlled option to today’s complex planning and recordkeeping requirements. Designed by the industry’s most respected preparedness, compliance, and response professionals, and built by our dedicated staff of exclusive experienced developers, this software combines decades of experience using the latest technology to provide this state-of-the-art solution.

Witt O’Brien’s ensures you have accurate and dependable plans in place. We offer comprehensive health, safety, environmental, and security (HSES) regulatory consulting; planning; and program management services that are user friendly, cost effective, and easy to update.

Witt O'Brien's regulatory compliance experts provide comprehensive health, safety, environmental and security (HSES) regulatory consulting, planning and program management services. These services range from on-call consulting to full-scale program development and implementation. Each of these programs is recognized for being user-friendly, cost effective and easy to update.

Witt O’Brien’s provides a complete suite of exercise offerings that include drills, equipment deployment, table top exercise (TTX), functional exercises (FE) and full-scale exercises (FSE). Our expertise includes design and execution that meets and exceeds the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines, along with such programs as the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) and the training reference for Oil Spill Response Guidelines for all-risk exercises. With extensive real-life experience in actual crisis and emergency response management, Witt O’Brien’s offers a number of domestic and international exercises and drills. We specialize in the integration of public and private-sector players in our exercises.

From oil exploration platforms to shopping centers, pipelines to airports, the smallest terminals to the largest refineries, and tug boats to massive ships, Witt O’Brien’s Security Services provides clients with the confidence that their security management programs will meet the regulatory requirements of governments worldwide.

Witt O’Brien’s separates itself from the competition because all of our trainers are also responders. We add real-world experiences to the academic learning environment. Our trainers include former agency emergency managers, chemical engineers, college educators, firefighters, law enforcement, public information specialists, public sector emergency managers, regulatory responders, scientific support specialists, and search and rescue specialists.


CommandPro® was developed by the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable emergency preparedness teams. The software is most noted for its universal access and complete integration. This affords organizations the ability to respond faster and with greater resource control.

On a daily basis, emergency incidents and planned activities are continuous and ongoing. Maintaining situational awareness of events and activities can be challenging and time consuming. Witt O’Brien’s Common Operating Platform (COP) enables current situational awareness with access to information and real-time data through the medium of a dynamic map for use by emergency management personnel and other authorized officials. If an incident evolves into an extended emergency, Witt O’Brien’s COP scales and provides a complete Incident Command System (ICS) module with all of the appropriate ICS forms and maps to develop a standard Incident Action Plan (IAP).

When time matters most, clients rely on Witt O’Brien’s experienced qualified individuals and watch standers. Located in Slidell, Louisiana, our 24/7/365 Command Center is operated by trained responders and is the first call for the majority of our clients.