This podcast and the corresponding Disaster Recovery Today article titled, “Determining Eligibility: Methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain eligibility” are educational pieces to inform our listeners about FEMA’s Public Assistance program in terms of eligibility. Our panel is joined by Adjuster’s International (AI) Vice President, Daniel Craig and Deputy Director of AI, Dave Andrews. Mr. Craig’s previous position was the regional administrator for FEMA’s Public Assistance program in the New England region of the U.S. The expert panel discusses the FEMA Public Assistance policy in detail. Including the recent changes for retroactive claims with regards to insurance, a shift which will give local governments more control and future plans to mitigate liabilities.
- [02:09] A brief description of FEMA’s Public Assistance program for funding repairs for damaged facilities.
- [06:01] How can an organization determine whether or not it is eligible for public assistance and what is the time frame for requests?
- [11:27] What tests does FEMA use to determine eligibility?
- [18:10] Why is it imperative for applicants to control the inspection process and ensure only qualified people answer questions about pre-existing conditions when they interact with FEMA?
- [25:51] Dan Craig was the regional administrator for the New England region. A post, given to him by then President George W. Bush
- [27:02] How does FEMA define “reasonable”?
- [34:03] In recent years, has FEMA changed their process for vetting requests for public assistance?
- [38:06] What does the future hold for the FEMA Public Assistance program?
- [42:55] How are the mitigation expenses paid for by FEMA? Is it a reimbursement program?
- [45:02] Potential eligible applicants should stay up to date with FEMA’s ever-changing Public Assistance program policies.
As Vice President, David Andrews works with State and local governments and Tribal Nations, assisting them with their disaster recovery programs and preparedness plans. In his prior position with the State of Alaska, David Andrews was actively engaged in every facet of emergency management and disaster recovery. He served during 23 state disasters in various roles including State Coordinating Officer/Deputy State Coordinating Officer, Incident Commander/Deputy Incident Commander, Donations Management Coordinator, State Public Assistance Officer, Preliminary Damage Assessment Coordinator, Operations Section Chief and Public/Individual Assistance Branch Chief for the State EOC.
Andrews served as Project Manager for Alaska’s planning efforts related to disaster housing, long-term recovery, local capability assessments, recovery plan development, the State-wide debris management plan and the development of the State of Alaska’s Disaster Recovery Framework.
He has been actively engaged in emergency management on a national level, serving as the Chair for the National Emergency Management Associations (NEMA) IA/PA Sub Committee. He has served as the FEMA Region X State Representative on the FEMA PA Steering Committee.
Daniel has extensive experience in the disaster consulting and post-disaster recovery industries. Prior to joining the Adjusters International team, Dan served as the President and CEO of Tidal Basin Group. He worked tirelessly with state and local governments and not-for-profits, helping them meet their recovery needs by providing experienced disaster recovery staff and proven grant management processes.
Dan also served as Director of the Recovery Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. He was appointed by President Bush in 2003 and was responsible for overseeing the Federal Government’s recovery efforts on all presidentially-declared events including the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, the wildfires of 2003 and the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.
Before becoming the Director of the Recovery Division at FEMA, Dan was the Regional Director for the New England area (Region I), where he was responsible for all FEMA mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and training activities in the six New England state region. He was also Executive Director of the Eastern Regional Office at the United States Chamber of Commerce and a Legislative Representative and Grassroots Specialist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. There he handled issues of federal emergencies, transportation, technology, privacy, and energy.
Earlier in his career, Dan worked as a campaign advisor, political fundraiser and research analyst for Congressional candidates, including Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, Rep. Vito Fossella of New York and Governor Bob Riley of Alabama.
- Recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Leadership – May 2003
Dan has been featured as an expert panelist on Adjusters International’s Property Insurance Roundtable podcast in the episode titled, “Disaster Recovery Planning.”
Todd Thomas is the Vice President at Adjusters International (AI) and Tidal Basin (TB). He is also the Chief Consultant and Partner of Adjusters International’s affiliate Sigma Consulting Corp. He has worked in the Management Consulting industry for 23 years. Currently, he works with AI and TB's strategic partners to offer the highest quality Risk Management and Disaster Recovery consulting services possible. Thomas has worked in a management capacity on high-profile FEMA, insurance and construction projects since 1996. Thomas regularly serves as an expert witness and Special Master to courts in the area of finance & insurance.
Thomas’ experience assisting public entities, non-profits and other organizations with risk management and insurance includes but is not limited to broker selection, insurance marketing, total cost of risk, risk identification, risk allocation, underwriting, claims, financial risk management, FEMA obtain & maintain compliance, risk analysis, risk management information systems and enterprise risk management.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM), Member of the American Economic Association, Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economists, a Fellow of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Member of the Global Risk and Insurance Management Institute, Caribbean Actuarial Association and Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Todd is a Chartered Economist (ChE), Certified Risk Analyst (CRA), Certified Organizational Risk Manager (CORM), RIMS Fellow (RF), Fellow of Risk Management (FRM), Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management specializing in Public Entities (ARM-P), Master Project Manager (MPM), Accredited Financial Analysis (AFA), Accredited Management Accountant (AMA) and Workers Compensation Claims Law Specialist (WCLS).
For further information on this topic, please read our Disaster Recovery Today article: “Determining Eligibility: Methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain eligibility”