Peter S. Beering, ESQ.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Mr. Beering is an internationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness, planning, response, counter terrorism, arson, and bombings. His professional focus is on preparedness and response to difficult problems. He delivers strategic risk management, threat assessment, emergency response planning, crisis communications, and training services.
Involved in antiterrorism efforts for almost two decades, Mr. Beering has served on numerous panels advising government including the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a joint initiative of Harvard University and the United States Department of Justice. This appointment placed him among the twenty leading experts on terrorism in the United States who studied the topic and published various policy recommendations to industry, government, and the public. Mr. Beering is the lead author of, “Winning Plays: Essential Guidance From the Terrorism Line of Scrimmage” which was publicly released March 11, 2002 by the Executive Session. Used extensively by the Department of Homeland Security, “Winning Plays” has been entered into the Congressional Record three times since its release. Beering also wrote a chapter on Infrastructure Vulnerability in First To Arrive: The State and Local Response To Terrorism published by MIT Press November 2003.
Mr. Beering is one of ten experts selected by the Department of Defense who trained mayors and senior officials throughout the United States in terrorism preparation and response on behalf of the Department of Defense. Mr. Beering has designed and conducted training exercises across the United States for organizations ranging from the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, The District of Columbia Department of Health, Indianapolis police, fire, medical , communications, public health and hospital systems, and human service agencies, and the senior staffs of some of the country’s largest cities. Numerous utilities, private companies and organizations, including the NCAA, NBA, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Self Storage Association, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority, and a number of sensitive facilities that cannot be identified, have retained Mr. Beering to assist with their strategic risk management, planning, and response.
The author of the Indiana Omnibus Anti-terrorism Act of 2000 (enacted before the September 11 attacks), Mr. Beering has testified before the Indiana General Assembly and before the United States Congress. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Homeland First Response, and serves as a member of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. A faculty member for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives National Academy, he is the primary author of the world's only advanced fire investigation course. Mr. Beering has delivered keynote and seminar presentations in 45 States, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Samoa. He taught Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Terrorism Strategy and Response Policy and Crisis Leadership at Indiana University, and teaches Legal Issues in Emergency Response at George Washington University where he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine.
Prior to September 11, 2001, Mr. Beering was featured in a number of publications and programs and was among those warning of impending terror attacks. Mr. Beering has been interviewed more than 250 times since the September 11, 2001, attacks by a wide variety of media including ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg News, and foreign media including the BBC and German Public Radio. He appeared on ABC World News Tonight to discuss security of the nation’s water supply shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Mr. Beering continued his government service as the Indianapolis Terrorism Preparedness Coordinator until 2011, where he advised various parties concerning strategic preparedness planning and the Indianapolis regional participation in the Urban Area Security Initiative. Mr. Beering is the former General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, where he was a senior executive charged with oversight of the Indianapolis Police and Fire Departments, the Emergency Management Planning Division, the Animal Control Division, and the Division of Weights and Measures, which comprise 58% of city employees and which has an annual operating budget of $200,000,000. Mr. Beering also served as the Director of Emergency Management for Indianapolis. In that capacity he oversaw dramatic changes in emergency response and planning for special events including the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, NCAA Final Four, and for natural and man-made disasters. Mr. Beering wrote and published the nation's first checklist-based metropolitan emergency plan. Mr. Beering oversaw emergency planning for the racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for twenty years and conducted the only two comprehensive evacuations in the 100 year history of the facility. He has also advised NASCAR, Formula One, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning terrorism and emergency preparedness.
Mr. Beering’s law enforcement experience included over fifteen years with the Indianapolis/Marion County Prosecutor's Office as a Special Prosecuting Attorney for Arson and Bombings. As the first full- time Chief Arson Prosecutor, his average conviction rate was 85%, one of the highest in the country. Mr. Beering was an Officer, Investigator, and Emergency Medical Technician with the Washington Township Fire Department in Indianapolis for twenty years. He is a Master Fire fighter, a Certified Fire Investigator, and was the only Arson Prosecutor in the United States who is also a Certified Fire Investigator. Mr. Beering has published extensively in trade publications and his comprehensive guidebook for the prosecution of arson Verdict: Guilty of Burning has been distributed world-wide.
As an attorney, Mr. Beering represents several major utilities including Indianapolis Water and Indianapolis Power and Light. A specialist in easements, he has prepared, negotiated, and secured over 3500 utility easements. He also prepares and negotiates purchase agreements, windmill, solar site, cellular tower agreements, and plant site agreements. He was Deputy General Counsel for the Indianapolis Water Company, one the largest private water utilities in the United States, prior to its sale in 2002. Mr. Beering oversaw property rights acquisition, casualty litigation, corporate compliance, public and media affairs and, security and emergency preparedness for the company. Mr. Beering is the former National Director of Security Initiatives for Veolia Water North America (Formerly USFilter), one of the nation's largest water and wastewater management companies. In that capacity he oversaw security and vulnerability assessment and emergency planning efforts for the company and various clients throughout North America and Europe.
Mr. Beering is the President of the Board of Directors of Panama Christian Evangelism which operates a medical mission in Boqueté, Panama. He and his wife founded Mission Coffee, LLC, a retailer of coffee grown by the mission to support its work. (www.missioncoffee.org)