Expediting successful recovery from federally declared, natural disasters.

One of DMS’ core competencies is working with local and state governments to expedite successful recovery from federally declared, natural disasters. We are committed to maximizing funding from the FEMA Public Assistance Program, 404 & 406 Hazard Mitigation, Housing & Urban Development Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-DR), insurance, and other sources of funding. We facilitate governments’ continuity of operations, ensuring critical infrastructure is functional as soon as possible, while at the same time protecting the health and safety of the community.

New Orleans Superdome, State of Louisiana

The Louisiana Superdome opened in 1975 as the largest fixed dome stadium in the world. It was designed to resist winds of up to 200 miles per hour. Hurricane Katrina blew away two sections of the roof, allowing water to pour through, nearly destroying the stadium, and threatening almost 10,000 people who had sought shelter in the stadium. DMS helped secure funding to quickly repair the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

City of Gretna, Louisiana

DMS has provided disaster recovery services to the City of Gretna continuously since hurricane Katrina. The city was besieged by severe wind and flood damage. DMS immediately deployed to perform damage assessments, review insurance policies, and assist on insurance settlements. The technical team reviewed FEMA Project Worksheets (PWs), wrote project worksheets, and performed Closeout. DMS’ exemplary performance resulted in contracts to closeout and provide recovery services for subsequent hurricanes, as well as a pre-position contract for future work. DMS Secured $20 million in funding for the City of Gretna Louisiana after hurricane Katrina.

State of Louisiana Office of Risk Management, New Orleans, LA

The hospital suffered catastrophic wind and flood damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The facility was forced to shut down. FEMA’s initial damage assessment of $23 million was challenged by the state. With the support of DMS, an arbitration panel ordered FEMA to increase the estimate to $475 million, qualifying the facility for replacement. The insurance carriers’ claims that all damage were a result of flooding, limited the state to only collect limits on the flood policy. DMS developed computer models to show that damage to the upper floors was a result of wind-driven rain, not flooding. The hospital would have been forced to close even if the levees had not broken. Litigation resulted in the excess insurance carriers having to pay $95 million to the state for wind damage.

Town of North Hempstead, North Hempstead, NY

DMS was initially contracted by the Town of North Hempstead, NY to assist local officials on 17 possible 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (404 HMGP) projects. DMS discovered that 12 out of 17 should be re-categorized as Hurricane Sandy damage and funded through the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program. DMS assisted the Town in developing twelve Project Worksheets for more than $80 million in PA funding. These projects include shoreline reconstruction, rebuilding of storm basins and seawalls, and upgrades to the town’s dock in Port Washington.

Fort Pierce City Marina, Fort Pierce, FL

Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Jeanne left extensive damage to the Fort Pierce Marina in 2004. As a result, the marina lost all of its exterior docks. The project took six years to permit and engineer. The final cost of $18 million was completely covered by FEMA, but not without significant resistance along the way. FEMA originally denied the Hazard Mitigation plan to protect the docks from future storms. DMS assisted Fort Pierce in providing the necessary documentation in support of eligibility for mitigation.