Once the threat to lives has subsided following a catastrophe, disaster recovery begins. The immediate goal of the recovery phase is to bring the affected area back to normalcy as quickly as possible. Florida Disaster Consulting’s recovery services aim to reduce overall costs throughout both the short- and long-term recovery process.
The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. FDC’s public assistance program management allows us to work with jurisdictions as your designated representative, assuring you receive the maximum reimbursement necessary to recover from the event.
Disaster individual assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a federally-declared disaster, and whose losses are not covered by insurance. It is meant to help with critical expenses that can not be covered in other ways. Most disaster assistance from the federal government is in the form of loans administered by the Small Business Administration. FDC is currently on a FEMA IA Technical Assistance Contract to provide mass care support to individuals affected by a disaster.
Once a judgement has been passed through FEMA, if necessary, an applicant has 60 days from the date of the determination letter to appeal the FEMA decision. FDC can recommend a course of action that will allow clients to appeal as quickly as possible and ensure recovery of as much funding as possible.
The approval process for qualifying for disaster grants depends on a community inspection. FDC conducts inspections to survey damage designated for federal disaster assistance. This allows communities to become eligible for grants.
Safe, proper, and timely management of debris is an essential but often overlooked component of an emergency response or disaster incident. Debris management is also one of many competing priorities agencies must manage during such events. It is important that disaster debris be properly managed so as to protect human health, comply with regulations, conserve disposal capacity, reduce injuries, and minimize or prevent environmental impacts. It involves advance thought, planning, and coordination among multiple individuals at various levels of government and the private sector, with experience and expertise in waste management.
Debris removal and disposal operations account for approximately 15% of total disaster recovery costs, and failure to properly monitor the process can result in the loss of necessary.
Throughout the recovery process, proper documentation and protection of that documentation is essential in keeping things running smoothly. FDC can develop, manage, and store the documents throughout this process so that they are safe and secure.
FDC provides basic financial management guidance to jurisdictions and organizations that respond to major disasters to ensure that funds are distributed and received in a timely manner.
Incident Management Teams (IMT) play an essential role in the management of, and response to, local/regional/national emergencies, natural disasters, and public events. FDC provides professional support to help IMT perform effectively and efficiently.
Project evaluation support is a methodology for assessing the economic, social, environmental, and financial impact of proposed recovery projects. All the impacts associated with a project are identified and reviewed. Eligibility, mitigation, and other funding factors and sources are also identified as well as review of all documentation requirements.
Our professionals will strive to make the closeout process as simple as possible while maintaining a high standard of documentation to mitigate the risk of future audits. To do this, we approach each aspect of grant management and project implementation with an emphasis on the eventual closeout of the project and grant. Our deep experience on multiple federal grant programs has provided our professionals with proficiency in the reconciliation of financial documents, assembly and review of closeout packages, and preparation of final reports.
Audit Assistance: Similar to closeout, our professionals will approach aspects of project implementation and grant management with consideration for an eventual audit of project files. Due to our understanding of grant program audit requirements, we are able to work with grantees and sub-grantees throughout the process, assessing whether the audit documentation requirements are considered and accounted for throughout each phase of the life cycle of the grants.
Providing our clients with complete administrative support, FDC takes care of all the administrative-related documentation throughout the grant-making process to ensure your recovery projects are carried out efficiently, in accordance with governmental regulations.