About Us

Our Mission

All Hands Consulting is an emergency management consulting firm with one focus: Comprehensive Emergency Management. Our mission is to build mutually valued relationships with our clients and colleagues based on integrity, professional expertise, and state-of-the-art deliverables in all areas of Comprehensive Emergency Management and homeland security.

About Us

All Hands Consulting is a registered trade name for DavisLogic, Inc., a privately-held Maryland stock corporation with offices in Ellicott City, Maryland, and Olympia, Washington.

We are a large consortium of over 3,200 emergency management consultants working together to provide a unique outsourcing resource. All Hands combines the talents of leading emergency, crisis, and business continuity management experts from North America and around the globe. Our consultants average over 25 years of experience each in the development of industry-standard emergency, crisis, and business continuity management programs.

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All Hands utilizes our extensive network of seasoned consultants to provide highly reputable personnel with proven skills that match the requirements of each assignment. We work cooperatively with our clients and each other to ensure the best in service delivery. All Hands has created a seamless structure, providing a balanced team of personnel who can address a broad spectrum of client needs. All Hands members support each other through synergistic strategies that provide our clients with:

  • Unlimited flexibility and customization of services
  • Capability and capacity to handle any project - large or small
  • Access to experts on an as-need basis
  • Unparalleled depth of subject matter expertise
  • Overall cost savings and low overhead
  • Our Practice: Comprehensive Emergency Management

A Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP) is a broad practice area that addresses all hazards (including terrorism) and includes all phases of emergency management and homeland security (mitigation, preparedness, protection, prevention, response, and recovery). A CEMP is required for day-to-day disruptions and maintaining continuity of operations as well as for managing response to and recovery from large-scale emergencies. A sound program is needed to enable a community or a business to deal with any emergency. All Hands provides CEMP support based on a comprehensive collection of experts and services that address all program elements. Our approach to program development is based on current industry standards and best practices. Program details are recorded and framed into a jurisdiction's comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP).


The All Hands concept began in 1978 when Rick LaValla, a State of Washington emergency management official, began operating the Emergency Response Institute (and later ERI International). Founded in 1978, ERI is an international firm specializing in fields of Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response and Recovery, Search and Rescue, Survival Education, and Emergency Preparedness. ERI now provides services as part of the All Hands Consulting network. ERI has published extensively in the disaster planning, emergency management, search and rescue, and survival education fields. ERI played a major role in the development and dissemination of new and innovative planning and training programs throughout the USA and European communities on all phases of community and industrial emergency management, disaster response planning, and search and rescue. All Hands members such as ERI and associates have assisted numerous state and local governments with designing and implementing emergency management programs, disaster plans, and exercises.

Steve Davis, who worked for 28 years in Maryland local government, formed DavisLogic in 1995. Steve started DavisLogic as a small consultancy specializing in business continuity, emergency management, and command center operations. Mr. Davis has been a leader in efforts to bring traditional emergency management concepts to continuity of operations planning and in using new technology in emergency management. He has published more than 20 articles and has provided over 200 presentations on related topics.

Early in 2000, Mr. LaValla and Mr. Davis joined forces to create All Hands Consulting as a way to combine their talents and to expand on their shared concepts of mutual cooperation and partnership that have proven to be successful for a quarter of a century. All Hands has been successfully delivering emergency management and homeland security services for over 25 years.