ELITE PREPAREDNESS LLC

Preparing communities, workplaces, individuals and families for any event that may occur in the climate of today’s America
Elite Preparedness LLC

Elite Preparedness, LLC was established in 2016 and is owned and operated by Brian Hess. The Company’s mission is to serve a growing public and private need for all hazards preparedness, with a professional and personal approach. We accomplish this through a combination of hands-on and web-based interactive training programs.

CCW Defensive Pistol Tactics

Shooting is a perishable skill and regardless of skill level as a responsible gun owner and concealed carry licensee you should take the steps to keep your skills sharp and safe. Concealed Carry Defensive Tactics Course will address the basic skills for gun safety , drawing, loading, and all types of malfunctions. Some advanced skill such as distance firing, shooting and moving, basic tactics. low light operation and other issues specific to the defensive use of your concealed carry weapon. This course will also discuss methods and techniques for carrying a handgun concealed in a variety of scenarios and environments. Completion of the Practical Pistol and concealed carry certification course are a pre-requisite for this course. If you completed your CCW class through another instructor you must show your current CCW license or proof of competency certificate to enroll in this training.

Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry Course. Elite Preparedness offers a CCW course that caters to the needs of first time shooters to expert pistol marksmen. We review Ohio law and the practical pistol course but our course also includes a technical pistol portion in the classroom and thorough range training with a 3 - 5 instructor to student ratio. Our instructors are Federal law enforcement officers, NRA certified instructors and current and prior military. Our focus is to deliver a class that caters to all skill levels while focusing on safety and making the course enjoyable for all.

School And Workplace Safety

Pulling from our staffs extensive experience in planning training and exercises on school and workplace safety and emergency response procedures, we have developed a course that has been utilized to train employees who are permitted to carry their CCW while in the workplace on safety issues, legal issues and scenario based labs designed to increase awareness and confidence in all staff members including those who will not be armed on site. We have trained small local businesses through large corporations as well as local school districts all the way to major public universities. This class draws from lessons learned from violent events and focuses on safety and preparedness.

Family Preparedness

We offer a full cadre of courses to train families in disaster response, emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, disaster survival and family emergency plan development. Through our courses we will address and train for a variety of scenarios a family could encounter. The organization of your "bug out" or emergency survival kits for the home and automobile discuss and train on the items you will have in your kits as well as training on issues such as communication, disaster time responsibilities, and resource utilization. All of these courses are customizable to meet your family's needs. So from a remote survival course to sheltering in your home we can deliver on them all.

Church Safety

Congregational Safety and Preparedness

We work with your congregation and your executive leadership to develop your church emergency operations plan. We address concerns from operating during a disaster to operating as a shelter for your congragation and community as well as how to apply for FEMA recovery assistance. Our written plan will meet and excced all FEMA requiremnts for Emergency Operating Plans also Incorporating training and procedures for your members who carry concealed during services. This service also includes technical pistol and firearms safety as well as range time

Active Shooter Planning / Training

Training based in actual event lessons learned

Our background and the capabilities of Elite Preparedness (i.e., a combination of educational services and a tactical shooting training), makes us uniquely qualified to provide active shooter planning and training. .

We offer site security assessments, develop plans for schools and others on how to handle an active shooter situation should it arise, and even offer hands-on tactical training (at our facility, at client sites, or on similar ranges near client locations) for those who may be asked to respond or react to such incidents, either with weapons or evasion / evacuation tactics.

Products for Sale

Firearms, Ammunition, Survival Supplies, Bug out Bags and Hunting and Trapping Equipment

We offer a selection of emergency preparedness supplies including MRES, water supplies, water filtration systems, home generator sales and installation, survival kits, firearms, ammunition, camping supplies, hunting supplies, trapping supplies, and all natural dietary supplements. We also upon request provide fitness courses, self-defense courses, fitnes evaluations and improvement plan development, and Healthy lifestyle planning and program support.

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Elite Preparedness Staff

Meet The Elite Preparedness Crew!

We are fortunate to have a staff of professionals that are passionate about preparedness and take pride in their work. You can be certain that you will receive training that exceeds your expectations and ensures your safety regardless of your experience or skill level.

Brian Hess

Owner

Brian is a native of central Ohio with extensive work history in the hazards preparedness industry, including:
• Large event security (i.e. NASCAR and The Super Bowl)
• Central Intelligence Agency Officer
• Federal Law Enforcement Officer
• Federal, State and Local law enforcement, corrections, homeland security and emergency management career experience
Throughout his career, Brian has been called to respond to a variety of significant events; from Hurricane Katrina to Super Storm Sandy, the Virginia Tech Shooting, the USDA Avian Flu response, and The Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse. Brian has worked on escaped prisoner searches, homicide investigations, missing persons’ searches, rescue and recovery events and multiple environmental incidents spanning from small oil/gas leaks to the Deep Water Horizon recovery operations.
In addition to his many certifications and achievements, Brian successfully grew an emergency management service line from a concept to a profitable, $16 Million business. He is also supported in this venture by his wife who is an accomplished educator, fitness instructor, personal trainer, life coach, and has grown her network marketing company into a successful business

Keith Morgan

Range Safety Officer/ Assistant Instructor

Keith is from Bellefontaine, OH and graduated from Bellefontaine High School where he excelled in football and ran track. Keith received a full scholarship to play Safety for Bowling Green State University and played at BGSU for 4 years before graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. After graduating in the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbus where he has lived for the past 4 years. In his free time, Keith enjoys working out, Playing in recreational sports leagues, watching football and cooking. Keith began his firearms orientation with a CCW course at Elite Preparedness. Since taking this course Keith has taken it upon himself to broaden his understanding and skill set when it comes to firearms and safety and has become a skilled instructor and range safety officer.

Garrett Clark

Range Safety Officer \ Assistant Instructor

Garrett Clark is a graduate of Newark Catholic High School Garrett attended The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Economics. He has recently begun his graduate degree at Ohio State in Geopolitical Economics and is based out of the Newark Ohio area. Garrett has an extensive background and knowledge as well with all types of firearms, firearm safety and training. Being raised an outdoorsmen and an avid hunter Garrett is familiar with preparedness and self-awareness when it comes to situational surroundings and safety when around other hunters. He spends much of his free time either archery shooting or going out to the gun range with his father on the weekends. “If there’s anything I learned growing up about firearms it is that you should never fail to treat them with respect and always practice proper safety.” In addition, Garrett has some background in para military training and self-defense, as well as situational preparedness. With so many unknown possible threats to our own personal/ family security Garrett feels it is best to make sure you take the time to learn about firearms and other safety techniques.

Bill Smith

Range Safety Officer \ Assistant Instructor

Bill is a competitive 3 gun shooter and accomplished marksman. Bill leads our 3 Gun league and coordinates our veterans outreach programs. While in the store or range you could see Bill doing one on one training, giving advice on long range and pistol tactics and products or assisting with an AR build. Bill is a long time friend of the Elite family and joined the staff shortly after we opened and is passionate about sharing the shooting sports side of the industry.

Jodi Newton

Range Safety Officer &  TWAW Co Leader

Jodi's passion for shooting lies in her desire to empower and educate female shooters. Jodi is A Co- Leader of our Well Armed Woman Chapter, Assistant Range Safety Officer and a coordinator for our Pistol Eliminator Competitions. Jodi Joined the Elite team in 2017 and has worked to promote gun safety and awareness while attaining her safety officer certifications

Elite Preparedness Staff

Meet The Elite Preparedness Crew!

We are fortunate to have a staff of professionals that are passionate about preparedness and take pride in their work. You can be certain that you will receive training that exceeds your expectations and ensures your safety regardless of your experience or skill level.

Brian Hess

Owner

Brian is a native of central Ohio with extensive work history in the hazards preparedness industry, including:
• Large event security (i.e. NASCAR and The Super Bowl)
• Central Intelligence Agency Officer
• Federal Law Enforcement Officer
• Federal, State and Local law enforcement, corrections, homeland security and emergency management career experience
Throughout his career, Brian has been called to respond to a variety of significant events; from Hurricane Katrina to Super Storm Sandy, the Virginia Tech Shooting, the USDA Avian Flu response, and The Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse. Brian has worked on escaped prisoner searches, homicide investigations, missing persons’ searches, rescue and recovery events and multiple environmental incidents spanning from small oil/gas leaks to the Deep Water Horizon recovery operations.
In addition to his many certifications and achievements, Brian successfully grew an emergency management service line from a concept to a profitable, $16 Million business. He is also supported in this venture by his wife who is an accomplished educator, fitness instructor, personal trainer, life coach, and has grown her network marketing company into a successful business

Garrett Clark

Range Safety Officer \ Assistant Instructor

Garrett Clark is a graduate of Newark Catholic High School Garrett attended The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Economics. He has recently begun his graduate degree at Ohio State in Geopolitical Economics and is based out of the Newark Ohio area. Garrett has an extensive background and knowledge as well with all types of firearms, firearm safety and training. Being raised an outdoorsmen and an avid hunter Garrett is familiar with preparedness and self-awareness when it comes to situational surroundings and safety when around other hunters. He spends much of his free time either archery shooting or going out to the gun range with his father on the weekends. “If there’s anything I learned growing up about firearms it is that you should never fail to treat them with respect and always practice proper safety.” In addition, Garrett has some background in para military training and self-defense, as well as situational preparedness. With so many unknown possible threats to our own personal/ family security Garrett feels it is best to make sure you take the time to learn about firearms and other safety techniques.

Jodi Newton

Range Safety Officer &  TWAW Co Leader

Jodi's passion for shooting lies in her desire to empower and educate female shooters. Jodi is A Co- Leader of our Well Armed Woman Chapter, Assistant Range Safety Officer and a coordinator for our Pistol Eliminator Competitions. Jodi Joined the Elite team in 2017 and has worked to promote gun safety and awareness while attaining her safety officer certifications

Lisa Tharp
Range Safety Officer/ Founder TWAW Utica Chapter

Lisa is a retired social service administrator and legislative director for the Ohio State Grange, fraternal organization and a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is an NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor and an NRA Range Safety Officer and co-leads The Well Armed Woman Utica Ohio Chapter which meets on the First Tuesday of every month at Elite Preparedness. She is involved with her local church as a member of the church Safety and Security Team and sings in the choir. In addition to her NRA certifications, Lisa has taken several classes in defensive pistol and force-on-force training. Her passion is to train women not to be a victim.

Keith Morgan

Range Safety Officer/ Assistant Instructor

Keith is from Bellefontaine, OH and graduated from Bellefontaine High School where he excelled in football and ran track. Keith received a full scholarship to play Safety for Bowling Green State University and played at BGSU for 4 years before graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. After graduating in the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbus where he has lived for the past 4 years. In his free time, Keith enjoys working out, Playing in recreational sports leagues, watching football and cooking. Keith began his firearms orientation with a CCW course at Elite Preparedness. Since taking this course Keith has taken it upon himself to broaden his understanding and skill set when it comes to firearms and safety and has become a skilled instructor and range safety officer.

Bill Smith

Range Safety Officer \ Assistant Instructor

Bill is a competitive 3 gun shooter and accomplished marksman. Bill leads our 3 Gun league and coordinates our veterans outreach programs. While in the store or range you could see Bill doing one on one training, giving advice on long range and pistol tactics and products or assisting with an AR build. Bill is a long time friend of the Elite family and joined the staff shortly after we opened and is passionate about sharing the shooting sports side of the industry.

Jessamy Bright

Range Safety Officer/ State TWAW Leader & firearms instructor

Jessamy is an NRA Training Counselor, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer,  Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, Personal Protection In The Home Instructor, Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor, USCCA Certified Instructor, The Well Armed Woman Certified Instructor, TWAW Shooting Chapters Ohio State Leader, TWAW Instructional Standards & Development Program Regional Trainer for Ohio and Kentucky, and Chapter Leader/Lead Instructor for The Well Armed Woman Southeast Ohio Chapter, based out of Middleport, Ohio.  She is a competitive shooter in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), currently classified at Sharpshooter, and is an IDPA Certified Safety Officer. We are happy to have Jessamy as a firearms instructor here at Elite
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Chad Lupher

Range Safety Officer, Retail Coordinator, 3 Gun League co-leader

Chad is a senior at Bowling Green State University, where he is studying a degree in Construction Management. Growing up locally in the Bladensburg area Chad became an avid outdoors-man. Along with being and outdoors-man, he recently became involved in the area of competition shooting. At Elite Preparedness Chad is a part time range safety officer for range events and during range hours.​ As well as a clerk in the store and co-leader of our three gun league

Tim Billman

Tim is a marketing and strategy coordinator with Elite, Bringing with him a successful business development background Tim has been a key part in business growth and service line development. 

(740) 263-1234

25580 Bell Church Rd Utica OH United States 43080

Hours Monday 11AM-7PM

Tuesday 11AM-7PM

Wednesday. Appointment Only

Thursday 11AM-7PM

Friday 11AM-7PM

Saturday 10AM-5PM

Sunday 12PM-5PM Memorial Day-Labor Day

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