Disaster Preparedness Planning

Preparing today can help you immeasurably tomorrow. A sudden disaster can cause catastrophic damage and interrupt the livelihoods of your organization or community indefinitely. Our unmatched experts are your trusted advocates, here to help you prepare for the unexpected and build you up to a position of recovering sooner if disaster should strike.

Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Business Continuity Plans (BCP)

Our professionals are highly experienced in developing compliant Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans for governments and communities, and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for our private sector clients.

Regardless of scale, an unexpected threat or hazard can interrupt the functions and livelihoods of your organization and greater community indefinitely. We utilize our unique expertise and resources to consider all factors and scenarios, working closely with each client to help place them in a position to continue essential functions during any event.

A COOP plan helps an organization:

  • Continue to perform the most essential functions, even in a time of crisis.
  • Identify the essential functions affecting public/property safety or causing major economic impacts.
  • Identify the required resources, actions, procedures, and interdependencies to provide a framework for continuing these functions and restoring operations.
  • Ensure that there is a well-defined prioritization of functions and systems which will assist organizations to be more resilient in the face of service disruptions.
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Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Development

What can you do when an unexpected disaster strikes and indefinitely halts operations and the livelihoods of those in your organization or greater community? How long will you suffer from these immediate ramifications?

Our professionals are highly experienced in developing compliant Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for cities, counties, states, universities, hospitals, airports, and other private and quasi-public organizations. As your advocates, we work only for your interests, utilizing our unique expertise and resources to consider all factors and scenarios. We strategically structure an effective Business Continuity Plan to help continue essential operations and recover to pre-disaster conditions so you, your organization, and constituents can get back on your feet sooner.

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Vulnerability & Business Impact Analysis

  1. Business impact analysis is designed to predict the consequences of certain events affecting an organization and help to design ways to mitigate the impact on the organization.

  2. The risk management process is designed to identify and analyze potential risks that may affect an entity. Tidal Basin utilizes fundamental techniques to manage risk and applies a risk management strategy across the organization’s units and operations, ensuring continuation of the entity’s mission and organizational strategic objectives. Tidal Basin’s experienced professionals tailor the methodology employed to the entity’s unique culture, management strategy, and risk appetite.

    • Hazard Identification
      • Fire
      • Explosion
      • Natural Hazards
      • Hazardous Materials Spill or Release
      • Terrorism
      • Workplace Violence
      • Pandemic Disease
      • Utility Outage
      • Mechanical Breakdown
      • Supplier Failure
      • Cyber Attack
    • Probability & Magnitude
    • Vulnerability Assessment
      • People
      • Property, including buildings and critical infrastructure
      • Supply Chain
      • Systems/Equipment
      • Information Technology
      • Business Operations
      • Reputation of or Confidence in the entity
      • Regulatory and Contractual Obligations
      • Environment
    • Vulnerability
    • Impact Assessment
      • Casualties
      • Property Damage
      • Business Interruption
      • Environmental Contamination
      • Loss of Confidence in the Organization
      • Lawsuits
      • Damage to reputation 
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Developing Independent Specifications For Insurance Placement
  1. Typically, an insurance broker will send the insured a set of applications to be completed, and then market their insurance program. When an insurance renewal is completed in this way, it becomes a noticeably passive process wherein little effort is given to identification and analysis of the exposure to loss and the impact on the organization.

  2. Tidal Basin takes an active role assisting our clients in the insurance renewal process by taking the time create a set of independently drafted insurance renewal specifications. This process also gives guidance to our clients' insurance broker(s) and the insurance underwriter(s) a clear understanding of what you, the insured, desires to cover and what alternative quotes you would like to examine.

Building Replacement Cost Valuation
  1. What is Building Replacement Cost? Replacement cost is the actual cost to replace a building or structure at its pre-loss condition.

  2. Is there a difference between New Construction Cost and Replacement Cost Construction? Typically, Replacement Cost Construction is more costly than New Construction, and can be 15% more expensive than New Construction.

  3. Our team of insurance replacement cost specialists will develop a replacement cost for your building, which can be used to help determine what you should insure your building for.

Enterprise Risk Management
  1. Tidal Basin takes a comprehensive approach to risk management that includes a review of all risks affecting the strategic objectives of an organization. Enterprise Risk Management techniques include:

    1. Definition, identification, and analysis of all entity risk (financial, operational, hazard, governance, compliance, reputational and strategic).
    2. Examination, selection, and integration of appropriate risk management procedures.
    3. Implementation and monitoring of the entity’s risk options.
  2. Tidal Basin works collaboratively with senior management to employ Enterprise Risk Management techniques that support and meet corporate strategic goals.

Risk Management FAQs
A List of Your Memberships and Affiliations
  1. Society of Risk Management Consultants

  2. Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters

  3. Global Academy of Financial Management

  4. Association of Certified Chartered Economists

  5. American Academy of Project Management

  6. Risk & Insurance Management Society of Southeast Louisiana

Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plans (EOP)

In a time of urgency, disorganization and delay can inflict more harm and damage. An Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) provides a framework for preparedness, response, and recovery involving a disaster or emergency. The plan identifies the resources, systems, and procedures that are needed before, during, and immediately after an emergency so that you are not left wanting.

Our expertise is in creating comprehensive and effective EOPs that can mitigate the impacts of a crisis. Our Tidal Basin team is comprised of former highly-experienced public sector emergency managers who understand how essential this measure is for your preparation and recovery. For every client, we develop a tailored EOP and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) to meet the specific emergency management operation needs of their organization.

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Long-Term Recovery Plans

While it is critical to plan on how to immediately mitigate the damage from a disaster, what about the long-term, and the multitude of complex challenges that can draw out your full recovery? By developing a Long-Term Recovery Plan in advance of devastating events, you can establish and strengthen the multi-agency coordination necessary for a more resilient and sustainable recovery.

A Long-Term Recovery Plan will help ensure initial recovery activities lead to planned and coordinated long-term reconstruction activities.

Our professionals have the unmatched experience and resources in developing action-oriented Long-Term Recovery Plans. We work solely as your advocates to position and enable the support and coordination from the existing resources and authorities to help you overcome disaster sooner. Regardless of size or complexity for both catastrophic and non-catastrophic events, we help you effectively outline and align this plan with your Emergency Operations Plan or Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to address and utilize the challenges and opportunities from every long-term recovery phase of your emergency management.

Federal, State, and Local Governments, Not-for-profits, and Private Sector Clients
A Long-Term Recovery Plan Can:
  • Ensure a coordinated effort by local and tribal governments, State, Federal, volunteer, and private agencies in the management of long-term recovery activities.
  • Describe the factors for warranting activation of long-term recovery operations.
  • Describe the recovery core principles that will maximize the opportunities for achieving recovery success.
  • Describe the operational and organizational considerations as well as identify funding and grant strategies necessary to support and sustain the overall long-term recovery mission.
  • Identify policy considerations that can either hinder or promote recovery activities.
  • Recommend changes to the supporting plans and procedures.

Mitigation Plans

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Tidal Basin works with states and individual jurisdictions to create Hazard Mitigation Plans which identify the potential hazards that present risks to life and property. We then recommend specific mitigation actions that can reduce the impact of a disaster event.

The hazard mitigation plan outlines the organization’s strategies and priorities for mitigating against the various potential natural hazards or man-made threats. The plan not only guides emergency managers, but also assists in the grant funding process.

Compliance Reviews - 2 CFR Part 200 "Super Circular"

If disaster suddenly damages or destroys your organization or community, it will be critical to recognize if you are eligible for federal financial assistance and how it can become a part of your recovery.

2 C.F.R. Part 200, also known as the Super Circular, is an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reform of regulations that apply to all federal financial assistance. It is a consolidation of guidance meant to assist recipients and subrecipients comply effectively with the regulations, informing them on how federal grants are awarded, handled, reviewed, and carried out.

As you plan for or respond to an unexpected disaster, will you also have the time to thoroughly understand how the Super Circular can help your recovery? Among its intricacies, there are different requirements for non-federal entities — such as states, local governments, Indian Tribes, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations — and for-profit entities. Without a full understanding and strategy, missteps in applying for and managing FEMA grant assistance can prevent your full recovery. As our team was founded by government employees highly experienced in disaster preparedness and recovery, we are FEMA specialists and your trusted partner in managing your federal financial assistance.

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Gap Analysis

When disaster strikes, your resiliency will depend on how well you know beforehand your exposure on every level, and the current and potential resources you can utilize for an effective recovery. Our skilled specialists provide that understanding. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and, more importantly, in depth one-on-one’s with our clients to review, regularly audit, and analyze their operating procedures, processes, plans, and policies. In this way, we structure your plan to completely address the impacts of any catastrophic event to maximize your disaster recovery.

Our audit and analysis will consist of:

  • Interviews with senior management.
  • Interviews with a technical and accounting/budgeting representative from major departments.
  • Review debris management plan.
  • Review of most recent disaster’s closeout documentation.
  • Review activities with other grant sources.
  • Review payroll and related administrative policies.
  • Review procurement procedures.
  • Review mitigation plan/priorities.
  • Review asset management procedures.
  • Review of all current insurance policies/procedures.

Who We
Have Helped

Discover in detail how our team of professionals is playing an instrumental role in helping hundreds of organizations, governments, communities, not-for-profits, and private sector clients prepare and maximize their financial recovery sooner from the worst disasters.
Months after the storm passed, the County was still faced with tremendous burdens related to the insurance coverage issues and FEMA and MEMA eligibility issues. Jackson County hired your organization to provide professional services for disaster assistance, remediation, restoration and recovery efforts....Their expertise with governmental regulations, the complex FEMA process and insurance adjustments resulted in our successful claim for over $2 million in additional FEMA Public Assistance funding specifically; in our successful negotiations with our insurance carrier; and in numerous other increases in the values FEMA and MEMA initially designated for County projects. Jackson County will always be mindful of the help we received from you when we needed it most.
Alan K. Sudduth
County Administrator - Board of Supervisors, Jackson County, Mississippi
I also want to thank your organization for the outstanding service that was provided to CORSA and Putnam County after the August 2007 flood. ...The assistance provided by the your team saved a lot of valuable county staff time in expediting the request for assistance, and their expertise significantly increased the amount of recovery that was received from FEMA.I would recommend the services provided by your team to any entity who is attempting to expedite receiving the maximum public assistance that is available from FEMA after a disaster.
David W. Brooks, CPCU
Managing Director - County Risk Sharing Authority/County Commissioners Association of Ohio

Adjusters International’s involvement helped reverse FEMA’s original denial of funding to full reimbursement for the repairs. In the end, Adjusters International’s determination of eligibility allowed the applicant to secure over $14 million in FEMA recovery funding for the facility.

A lack of adequate resources caused the situation to unfold the way it did in Slidell. Due to overburdened FEMA officials and insurance company adjusters, a number of projects were overlooked or underestimated.

  • City of Sanibel, Florida
  • 3273-EM-NY Snow
  • 1994-DR-MA Severe Storms and Tornadoes
  • Hudson River Park Trust, New York
  • Maui County, Hawaii
  • BP Oil Spill – Deepwater Horizon Claims Management Consulting
  • Detroit Public Schools, Michigan
  • AK-236, AK-237, AK-238 & AK-240 (State-Level Disaster Declarations)
  • Monroe County School District, Florida
  • City of DeBary, Florida

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