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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Preparedness : Response : Recovery

PREPAREDNESS

Our teams are comprised of professionals who have decades of experience working with-in federal, state, and local agencies to effectively manage complex recovery projects for both man-made and natural disasters. 


Whether in a large metropolitan area, a rural area or a remote island, we have a demonstrated track record of results and first hand expertise to help you navigate Preparedness, Planning, Adaptation and Mitigation measures to reduce future risks through the proper use of hazard mitigation plans, continuity of operations plans, response plans, and emergency preparedness exercises. 


Our proven methodology and best practices will ensure that all goals are achieved. Our countless disaster recovery operations across the country have taught us how to proactively help local governments plan for emergencies. The goal of our approach is simple; we maximize funding opportunities wherever possible. 

RESPONSE

Our team members have responded too and led recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Super Storm Sandy, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. It all begins with the emergency response, communications integration, search and rescue, the coordination of these efforts are impacting life and death.  Our team members can integrate with unified commands to perform key roles under the National Incident Management System to assist your in-house resources. Next, we can begin to work with your internal agencies to begin to collect and manage the key documentation that will be crucial for the receipt of Federal recovery funds.

Our staff also stands poised to conduct damage assessments in the format and method that FEMA and HUD require to ease the flow of Federal recovery funds which are crucial to the Grant Management Process and an efficient recovery.  


Did you know that for permanent work (Categories C – G) performed by the Applicant, both regular time and overtime labor, along with their fringe benefits, are eligible for reimbursement via Federal recovery funds? Our Disaster Specialist will review your personnel policy(ies) to define ‘overtime’, keeping in mind that the you may have multiple definitions of overtime for different departments, such as fire & rescue, law enforcement, public works, etc.

RECOVERY

There are various phases to the recovery process, we will help you establish, document and maintain funding from Federal sources to

maximize the receipt of aid to your municpality and your constituents  


_CATEGORY A: DEBRIS REMOVAL_   


Our team partners with specialists for debris monitoring services in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines, to ensure recovery funding is maximized. Debris removal can be extremely costly. If the required protocol for management is not followed, federal funding will be compromised. Engineering reports and debris data will be uploaded by our team of Disaster Specialists into tracking software and Box for project formulation and retention.  


_CATEGORY B: EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES_   


It is vital to protect property from further damage and to provide property owners with the resources necessary to become operational as quickly as possible. FEMA provides funding for Emergency Protective Measures (Category B) which include, but are not limited to:  


  •  Water extraction  

  •  Structural drying  

  •  Dehumidification  

  •  Sanitation of property  

  •  Boarding of openings  

  •  Glazing (removal, repair, replacement)  

  •  Temporary boarding/tarping of roofs

  •  Relocation

  •  Cleaning  

  •  Short and long term storage of contents  

  •  Tear-out and removal of wet components  


Our team, will develop an emergency remediation resource guide. This Disaster Recovery and Emergency Remediation Guide is intended to provide the guidance and procedures to maximize funding. 

_CATEGORY C : ROADS AND BRIDGES_   

Our team has a specific understanding of the challenges met in the damage assessments, repair and restoration of roadways and bridges. Challenges include accurately computing and maintaining quantitative cost estimates for multiple locations. Furthermore, to prevent erosion from future storms, it may be necessary to justify the installation of additional slope protection. Members of our team have assisted with recovery to hundreds of miles of damaged roads, resulting from several hurricanes.  



_CATEGORY C THROUGH G : PERMANENT WORK_  


Per the Robert T. Stafford Act, permanent work, as authorized by CFR 44 Section 406, provides for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities, including codes and standards per local building requirements. FEMA also provides assistance for hazard mitigation measures that are not required by applicable codes and standards. As a condition of Public Assistance, the Applicant must obtain and maintain insurance on their facilities for similar future disasters.  


During Project Closeout, our Disaster Specialists will review the

following project costs for eligibility and provide weekly reports to the Applicant, reviewing force account labor summary sheets for regular time and overtime costs associated with disaster work