PreparedEx (formerly Blue Water Partners Global) is the leading crisis, emergency and security management company, helping organizations assess and improve their crisis preparedness and management . At PreparedEx, our main area of expertise is  the design and delivery of simulation exercises including; Corporate War Games, Tabletop Exercises, Functional Exercises and Full Scale Exercises. PreparedEx also provides a number of related additional professional services and solutions. 


Our team of preparedness professionals developed their skills and gained first hand crisis leadership experience from successful careers in the military, public safety and crisis communication fields. In addition to our “on-the-ground” experience, the PreparedEx team has assisted organizations throughout most industries by conducting crisis, emergency, security and business continuity preparedness services and solutions.
PreparedEx is a company devoted to making organizations more resilient to the myriad risks they face. If not planned for and managed these risks could suddenly threaten an organization’s reputation or ability to function. PreparedEx’s mission is to continuously improve our customer’s ability to efficiently prepare for and manage crises. Due to our commitment, we continuously refine our skills, streamline our processes and increase our capacity to uphold the highest standards of excellence that we have set within this industry.

Building resilience through crisis, emergency, security and continuity preparedness exercises


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Crises often develop in unpredictable ways. Responses need to be creative and crisis leadership and management teams resourceful. A crisis can smolder over time or it can be sudden and escalate rapidly. It is therefore the duty of the board of directors and senior leadership teams to ensure the organization is prepared at all times. Services and more..........
The engine that drives most organizations is the dedicated group of employees that manage day-to-day operations as well as the non-human assets that support them. More often than not, it is this front line of the business that initially responds to an unfolding situation and therefore needs to have the necessary resources and tools to ensure they’re ready. Services and more......

Planning for and managing a crisis necessitates closely coordinating operations with communications to achieve the common goal of mitigating the impact. But crisis communications must go beyond ensuring operationally that first responders have an effective communications infrastructure. Services and more.......
With the complex landscape of cyber security constantly changing, organizations need to understand how they’ll respond when systems are breached and data is stolen and potentially made public. The corporate crisis team should have representation from information security as well as public relations to ensure everyone is on the same page during cyber incidents. Services and more.....

The use of the LaunchPAD application during our exercises assisted CLNG in demonstrating to our regulatory and external stakeholders that we were operationally ready to manage an incident.
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  • LaunchPAD

    A dynamic and cost effective way to design and deliver crisis simulation exercises.

  • Responsive

    LaunchPAD was designed to be fully responsive and accessible across multiple monitor sizes, screen resolutions, and platforms, be it a computer, tablet or mobile device.

  • Secure Global Participation

    LaunchPAD can be accessed securely from anywhere as long as the participant or observer has access to an internet connection.

  • Targeted Injects

    Using LaunchPAD’s access control system, injects can be sent to specific groups and individuals.

  • SMS and Email

    Along with the browser based interface, LaunchPAD is capable of delivering injects via SMS and email.


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Robert Burton – Managing Director

Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. LinkedIn Profile 

Donald estes – War Gaming Specialist

Donald Estes has over 20 years of experience conducting research, analysis, and war gaming support to the Department of Defense, DHS, other government agencies and commercial clients. During a distinguished career as a naval officer in military intelligence, Mr. Estes held the Military Chair of Intelligence and was a professor in Joint Military Operations at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In his tours of duty at the Naval War College, and more recently as leader of the Sonalysts Team conducting war games and tabletop exercise, Mr. Estes has been involved in designing, executing, and analysis of more than 150 games/workshops, and experiments examining concepts for the deployment of military forces, and continuity of operations for DHS, FEMA, and other government operations. In recent years, he has conducted games for large corporations to develop strategies and plans included examination of emerging or disruptive technology, crisis communications, corporate decision-making, and continuity of operations. LinkedIn Profile

Mark Gillan – Emergency Management Associate

As a Senior Consultant for PreparedEx and Director of Emergency Solutions International, Mark has assisted partners from industry, the private sector and government in their “All Hazard” emergency planning, preparedness and risk assessment needs. Deputy Gillan concluded 26 years of service with the Saint John Fire Department in August of 2011. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.). As well, he has completed the Dalhousie University, Certificate in Incident Command, the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s: “Chief Fire Officer” Designation (C.F.O.) and the British: Institute of Fire Engineer’s “Member’s Level” Designation (MIFireE) Award. As a Command Officer, Mark has served as Incident Commander, Safety Officer and Emergency Site Manager at a number of serious incidents. On several activations of the Saint John Emergency Management Organization, Mark has fulfilled the roles of Fire Services Representative and Manager of the EOC. LinkedIn Profile

William Giannini – Exercise Management Associate

Bill Giannini retired in 2003 as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department after almost 29 years of service. In that capacity he was responsible for the delivery of firefighting and emergency medical services, hazmat response, terrorism response, safety, and training for the 539 member department. He has eleven years of incident command experience, serving as Incident Commander for a variety of situations in an urban/metro setting. From September of 2001 to March 2003, he was detached from the fire department and was assigned by executive order to a terrorism task force within the Department of Public Safety to be a deputy coordinator of a team responsible for threat assessment, hazard analysis, risk assessment, public infrastructure protection, terrorism response, and continuity of government within and for the City of Providence. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Safety from Providence College and a certificate in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health from Roger Williams University, as well as having completed numerous nationally recognized courses in incident command, terrorism response, hazmat response, adult educational methodology, the instructional design process, and exercise design. LinkedIn Profile

David Kalson – Crisis Communications Associate

David Kalson is an expert in issues and crisis management. He has more than 25 years experience providing strategic communications counsel, on-the-ground assistance and highly targeted media relations and “new media” programs to manage issues and crises as well as reputation enhancement for both profit and not-for-profit organizations. Business sectors he has counseled include energy, food and beverage, financial services, healthcare, consumer products and technology. He has designed and implemented communication / media relations programs, often emphasizing Web-based strategies, to address issues including data security breaches, environmental accidents, product recalls, financial problems, high-profile lawsuits, corporate governance issues, criminal behavior, attacks by opposition groups, government/regulatory challenges, competitive challenges and labor disputes. Companies he has counseled in relation to crisis drills, plans and crisis management include Cargill, Dunkin’ Brands, Cadbury Schweppes, Staples, Entergy, Eli Lilly, Canaport LNG and the American Automobile Association (AAA). LinkedIn Profile 

Jenny Svenstrup – Creative Manager

Jenny Svenstrup is an accomplished graphic designer with 10+ years experience in corporate identity, print/web design, and custom graphics. Jenny, a native of Cape Cod, MA has worked in many fields over the years, from nursing to business management, and traveling the world as crew on sailing yachts. She began her design career freelancing in the New England area until she started JS Graphics and Marketing in 2008. She has worked successfully in both Spain as well as in the US, and has worked with a variety of clients from all over the world. Her speciality and passion are in photo manipulation/retouching, and custom illustrations. Her creativity is fueled by an addiction to nature, travel, live music and her two young children. Jenny brings to PreparedEx her knowledge and experience to create true-to-life, realistic visuals to the crisis exercises and drills. LinkedIn Profile 

Mike Rinaldi – Security Management

Over the past 20+ years, Mike has been involved in numerous aspects of physical security both foreign and domestic for private and commercial clients as well as Local, State and Federal government agencies. Mike has more than 10 years of private sector security consulting experience in project management, high risk security operations, planning, threat, risk and vulnerability assessments (TRVA), maritime security, critical infrastructure protection, as well as the design of CCTV, access control and intrusion detection systems. A veteran US Army Non-Commissioned Officer with almost 11 years of service, Mike has demonstrated leadership and management expertise with proven capacity to perform effectively in a variety of routine and crisis and emergency situations. During his career in the military, Mike served in several positions to include Infantry Squad Leader, Reconnaissance Scout, Sniper, Instructor and Operations NCO with multiple overseas deployments to Northeast and Southeast Asia as well as the Middle East. As a civilian security specialist in Iraq Mike spent almost 2 years on the Coalition Munitions Clearance program providing protection for ordinance disposal personnel as well as remote camp, and convoy security operations. LinkedIn Profile

Lauren Marchetti – Media Presenter

Having a dynamic background in digital media and communications, Lauren Marchetti serves as a Media Presenter with PreparedEx. She has worked in a wide range of roles from web reporting and video production to marketing and event promotions. Lauren’s diverse skill-set and knowledge stem from nearly a decade of industry experience working for the likes of, Full Contact Marketing & Design, Marchetti’s, the New England Patriots, WPRI 12/FOX, CVS Caremark Corporate and Clear Channel Communications. She earned a BA degree from the University of Rhode Island. LinkedIn Profile





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