Disaster Preparedness Planning
Continuity of Operations (COOP)
Our professionals are highly experienced in developing compliant Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans for governments and communities.
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.
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.
Vulnerability & Business Impact Analysis
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.
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.
- Natural Hazards
- Hazardous Materials Spill or Release
- Workplace Violence
- Pandemic Disease
- Utility Outage
- Mechanical Breakdown
- Supplier Failure
- Cyber Attack
- Probability & Magnitude
- Property, including buildings and critical infrastructure
- Supply Chain
- Information Technology
- Business Operations
- Reputation of or Confidence in the entity
- Regulatory and Contractual Obligations
- Property Damage
- Business Interruption
- Environmental Contamination
- Loss of Confidence in the Organization
- Damage to reputation and brand
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.
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.
What is Building Replacement Cost? Replacement cost is the actual cost to replace a building or structure at its pre-loss condition.
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.
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.
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:
- Definition, identification, and analysis of all entity risk (financial, operational, hazard, governance, compliance, reputational and strategic).
- Examination, selection, and integration of appropriate risk management procedures.
- Implementation and monitoring of the entity’s risk options.
Tidal Basin works collaboratively with senior management to employ Enterprise Risk Management techniques that support and meet corporate strategic goals.
Society of Risk Management Consultants
Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters
Global Academy of Financial Management
Association of Certified Chartered Economists
American Academy of Project Management
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Debris Management Plan
FEMA encourages State and local governments, tribal authorities, and eligible private non-profit organizations to take a proactive approach to managing their debris removal operations by including a debris management plan as part of their overall emergency management plan, in advance of potential disasters.
- Communities with an effective debris management plan are better prepared to restore public services and ensure public health and safety, in the aftermath.
- They are also better positioned to obtain the available funding from FEMA and other granting entities.
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.
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.
I would like to take this time to personally thank the Liaison staff for the remarkable job and the accomplishments performed during recovery efforts associated with FEMA 1589 DR NY. ...The total goal achieved was nothing less than maximizing all eligible costs in the best interest of the applicant....One strong asset for making recovery efforts a success is having your staff on our team.
Your knowledge of the complex governmental regulations and equally complex insurance and adjusting issues really helped the County maximize the public assistance that was available after all of these disasters. You delivered what you promised and we are confident in your ability and the ability of your firm to provide these services fully on a technical and professional level, yet be able to translate in a clear and concise manner the intricate and sometimes subjective FEMA regulations which we could not have done without you.Without hesitation we would recommend you and your firm to anyone that is faced with the processing of large and complex disaster loss claims.
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.
- Colorado Springs Utilities
- City of Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Port of Houston Authority, Texas
- Union-Endicott Central School District, New York
- Detroit Public Schools, Michigan
- Owatonna Public Utilities, Minnesota
- Orange County, New York
- 1670-DR-NY Severe Storms and Flooding
- City of Batesville, Arkansas
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