Assisting in the repair of hundreds of school buildings and campuses.

The health and welfare of students, as well as staff, is directly tied to the recovery of educational institutions. DMS is nationally recognized by school districts as an expert in disaster planning and recovery. We have presented at the Council of the Great City Schools Conferences on policy, insurance, and risk mitigation. We have assisted in the repair of hundreds of school buildings and campuses.

Jefferson Parish Public School System, New Orleans, LA

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) is Louisiana’s largest school district, with almost 50,000 students. As a result of Hurricane Katrina, JPPSS suffered severe wind and flood damage to all 85 of it’s campuses as well as administration buildings. Initial damage assessments were rejected by FEMA. DMS successfully challenged FEMA’s decision. DMS helped JPPSS secure over $163 million in funding to repair and replace school facilities, four times greater than FEMA’s initial damage assessment.

Charlotte County Public Schools, Charlotte County, Florida

In 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall over Port Charlotte, Florida, with winds of 150 mph. This made it the strongest storm to hit the US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. DMS assisted Charlotte County Public Schools with damage assessments, resulting in the determination that 90 school buildings were significantly damaged and 6 campuses were more than 50% damaged, thus qualifying them for replacement. FEMA agreed. CCPS recovered over $200 million from FEMA and insurance. $95 million was allocated for the replacement of Charlotte High School.

LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

The LSU Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. There was extensive flood damage to the school’s lower floors after the New Orleans’ levees failed. DMS proposed an unprecedented solution which was accepted and fully funded by FEMA. The funding enabled the school to temporarily relocate its instructional support, operations, and living accommodations for 800 students & staff to a European cruise ship. The ship was transported to New Orleans for the duration of the recovery. DMS’ 406 Hazard Mitigation proposal resulted in FEMA obligated funds for a new, seven story building, including critical new equipment, elevated above the ground to prevent future damages.

LSU School of Dentistry, New Orleans, LA

The LSU School of Dentistry was severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The school was completely flooded. There was over nine feet of water from the basement to the first floor. DMS worked closely with LSU, Facility Planning and Control, GOHSEP and FEMA, to develop their 406 Hazard Mitigation Proposal. $20 million recovered for Alternate and Improved Projects, 406 Hazard Mitigation, Damage Assessment, Grant Management and temporary facilities.