Expertise with All Levels of Public & Private Education; Pre-K, K-12 & Higher Education

View details


All levels of government; GSA Contracts, Military, Local Government and Public Safety

View details


Public and Private Companies, Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters, High Rise & Office Buildings

View details


Residential Safety and Security Assessments, Property Management and H.O.A.s

View details


Tribal Nations and Gaming

View details

Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit Organizations and Houses of Worship

View details

Video Introduction

Who we are and what we can do for your industry.

West Coast Consulting Group provides safety, security, and emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery services to education, government, commercial business, residential communities, Tribal Nations and non-profit organizations. Our consultants are experts in the field, offering a collegial approach, with a balance of experience in police and fire services critical incident management, instruction and student/academic services, university and municipal emergency preparedness, and academic professional development. Our services ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and reimbursement requirements to decrease liability and increase safety.

DOL Logo

What sets us apart

Customized Online Emergency Preparedness Courses

West Coast Consulting Group can develop industry specific 30-day online emergency preparedness courses (SEMS, ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700 & IS-800) with weekly progress reports generated by our proprietary course management system.

DHS FEMA & Cal EMA SEMS, ICS, NIMS & NRF Approved Courses

Our online and classroom courses fulfill all course objectives, instructional standards and instructor qualifications outlined in the Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) NIMS Training Program.

A+ Accredited by Better Business Bureau

West Coast Consulting Group, Inc.

Specialties Include:


  • On-line Higher Education Emergency Preparedness Course (SEMS, ICS-100.HE, ICS-200.b, IS-700)
  • On-line and classroom National Response Framework (IS-800.b)
  • On-line Pandemic Influenza & Preparedness Course for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100)
  • Introduction to Incident Command System for Schools (ICS-100.SCa)
  • Introduction to Incident Command System for Higher Education (ICS-100.HE)
  • Introduction to National Incident Management System (IS-700)
  • Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200)
  • Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS-300)
  • Advanced Incident Command System (ICS-400)
  • Faculty & Staff (Flex Week) Active Shooter Training
  • Workplace Violence – Active Shooter Training
  • Media Training & Crisis Communications Workshops
  • Preparation Through Group Dynamics Action Planning Workshops
  • Table Top & Full-Scale Exercises

Example Tabletop Meeting

Example Training Exercise

What do the professionals say?

West Coast Consulting Group should be your first and only choice.

Picture of Peter Wright

As the Director of Emergency Planning and Preparedness for the California Community College Chancellor's Office, I highly recommend Tom Plotts and West Coast Consulting Group, Inc. to education institutions for emergency management services. Their comprehensive services are focused on mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and include development of industry specific Emergency Operations Plans, on-line and classroom training, interactive workshops, and facilitation of table top and field exercise. The firm has a track record of demonstrated success working collaboratively with clients, governmental agencies and industries to increase safety and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations to maximize disaster recovery funds after declared emergencies.

Peter Wright, Director of Emergency Planning and Preparedness, California Community Colleges
Picture of George Boggs

I am pleased to recommend Tom Plotts based upon his demonstrated expertise in campus safety and security. Moreover, Tom has successful experience as a college administrator in both academics and in supervising college security. He and the team that he has trained are able to provide valuable service to colleges by assessing safety and security policies and procedures and then making recommendations for improvement. This is an area that college leaders cannot afford to ignore.

George R. Boggs, President and CEO Emeritus, American Association of Community Colleges
Picture of Ron Hackenberg

I highly recommend West Coast Consulting Group, Inc. to public institutions for emergency management services. They provide training on the National Incident Management System, Standardized Emergency Management System and Incident Command System which facilitates inter-agency coordination. Their flexibility to offer online and classroom training allows us the ability to continually train personnel. Their interactive workshops keep staff engaged. Annual table top and field exercises help staff refine skills needed in real emergency situations and allows us to reinforce lines of communications with our university neighbor as well as the emergency responders and civic leaders in our community. The investment has been timely and worthwhile.

Rosalinda Buchwald, Director of Fiscal Services at Citrus Comminity College District
Picture of Will Glen

As the interim Chief of District Safety and Security for the Rancho Santiago Community College District, I strongly recommend the West Coast Consulting Group as a partner in assisting with your emergency preparedness. Tom Plotts and his team provided my district with training in the National Incident Management System, Standardized Emergency Management System and the Incident Command System. All important components in our emergency management strategy. Utilizing our own Emergency Operations Plan, West Coast Consulting provided custom made training designed specifically to meet our needs. Their knowledge, experience and professionalism were of the highest caliber.

Michael Toledo, Chief (interim) District Safety and Security, Rancho Santiago Community College District
Picture of Michael Drake

Tom Plotts and West Coast Consulting Group is comprised of dedicated and experienced professionals with the credentials and expertise in critical incident management. Their plans, training, and exercises are engaging, well thought out, and customized to fit clients' individual needs. West Coast Consulting Group should be your first - and only choice.

Michael Drake, Media & Presentation Skills Trainer / Voice Artist
Picture of Thomas Morales

As Chief of Police for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, I highly recommend West Coast Consulting Group. They successfully implemented a standardized emergency management program across our multi-college district. In our recent accreditation, they were recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for “positive improvements related to campus safety, security and emergency preparedness.”

Thomas Morales, Police Chief, San Jose/Evergreen Community College District