Why We Serve
Tidal Basin was built on the principle that, when a disaster strikes, communities need to be empowered to facilitate their own recovery and work to enhance future resiliency. Since 1996, our team of subject matter experts has provided counsel and surge staff support to states and communities at their greatest times of need. Our expert staff work with your team to provide a comprehensive range of services and customized approaches to manage your portfolio of mitigation, response, preparedness, and recovery needs.
Support to State Emergency Management
The Tidal Basin team has experience supporting state emergency management agencies with preparedness, augmenting staff , developing and implementing hazard mitigation programs, managing disaster recovery and grants management efforts, administering disaster-related housing programs, and assisting disaster survivors and local governments with navigating through the full disaster lifecycle.
Tidal Basin has provided a full range of portfolio management; emergency management; and grants management services including FEMA, USDA, HUD, CDBG, CARES Act and other funding streams, as well as software integration support to 18 states, including Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, and Tennessee, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We provide high-quality, efficient and effective programs that can be sustained long after our contractual relationship has ended.
Tidal Basin’s leadership position within the field of preparedness planning and analysis arises from our reputation for strategic thinking and effective management of the national preparedness system. The Tidal Basin team provides expert preparedness services through custom-tailored capability and program assessments, deliberate and crisis action planning, training, exercises, and after-action reporting.
States face complex operational requirements following the impacts of large-scale disasters. Response and recovery efforts place a tremendous amount of pressure upon state emergency management agencies and their partners to support the rapidly expanding and ever-changing arena of federal, state, and local response and recovery demands. Tidal Basin maintains a team of seasoned professionals with current program knowledge to help fill any gaps that may arise. We can provide staff to support operations in your Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as for a wide range of recovery programs.
Tidal Basin has vast FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) experience. The Tidal Basin team has worked alongside state and local jurisdictions for decades, providing strategic, tactical, and hands-on experience implementing FEMA’s HMA programs. Our staff include a former FEMA Hazard Mitigation Branch Chief and five former State Hazard Mitigation Officers (SHMOs). Tidal Basin is currently the primary Hazard Mitigation contractor for the states of New York, Alaska, and Hawaii. Our team has successfully implemented acquisitions, elevations, infrastructure projects, greenspace development, wetland restoration, and more.
Our disaster recovery professionals are uniquely familiar with the policies, procedures, and requirements associated with providing disaster recovery and portfolio and grants management services related to FEMA, HUD, DOT, and other funding programs, including those authorized under the CARES Act. Our team has practical experience overseeing local, state, and federal response and recovery efforts, having supported successful disaster recovery initiatives from some of the largest disaster impacts across the country.
Tidal Basin has an experienced and seasoned team of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), CDBG-MIT (Mitigation), and FEMA housing subject matter experts ready to support state and local governments with the FEMA and HUD grant process and assist in managing recovery programs.
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, the Tidal Basin team provided program and construction management for a FEMA pilot program providing sheltering and temporary essential power for thousands of disaster survivors. This program assisted survivors in sheltering at home during the recovery process. Tidal Basin has continued to work with Puerto Rico on the $2.2 billion CDBG-DR Single Family Rehabilitation Program. Tidal Basin not only has experience in administering federal grants, but also the capacity to quickly and efficiently meet federal funding regulations and deadlines and ensure compliance with the myriad of requirements that govern these grant funds. Our team continues to deliver project management, portfolio management, action plan delivery, and grant administration services to the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, Florida, and Texas.
Related Past Performance
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Since 2004, Tidal Basin has provided technical assistance and program management to support recovery operations including state hazard mitigation plan updates, FEMA PA and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) management, state-run individual assistance (IA) efforts, and disaster closeout assistance. We are currently supporting the state’s federal grants management related to its COVID-19 response, and our team continues to support and inform the state’s finance division in their funding distribution strategies and in identifying additional PA-eligible projects related to past disasters. Our team managed the development of over 1,200 HMGP project applications to include technical support to state agencies and local jurisdictions on behalf of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES) after Superstorm Sandy. Project types included: generators and microgrids, stream gauge installation, flood walls and floodgates, levees, bulkheads and berms, dam rehabilitation, infrastructure retrofits, electrical and mechanical elevations, green infrastructure projects, stormwater management and drainage projects, bridge reconstruction, wind retrofits, and underground electrical burial.
State of Alaska
Tidal Basin has supported the State of Alaska since 2011 by providing various services, including but not limited to: technical assistance, staffing and program management support for disaster recovery operations, state-run IA efforts, disaster closeout assistance, and state hazard mitigation plan update efforts. Tidal Basin has provided staff for registering, planning, verifying and estimating damages, as well as applicant case management. Additionally, we have furnished staff for all aspects of FEMA PA program office, field operations, and administration. Our team supported HMGP application development for all project types to include but not limited to: seismic structural/non-structural retrofits, acquisition/demolition, elevations, erosion and flood control, and generators.
State of Hawaii
Since 2014, Tidal Basin has provided both support staff and a State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) who act on behalf of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA).These individuals work hand-in-hand with subrecipients and guide them through the FEMA PA Program and New Delivery Model (FEMA Grants Portal). Our team provided technical support to HIEMA and local communities to develop approximately 100 HMGP and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) applications. Additionally, Tidal Basin provides technical assistance on both the 404 HMGP Program and CDBG processes, with more than $33.3 million in PA funds obligated to date and additional funding pending.
State of Michigan
In 2019, Tidal Basin conducted a statewide Threat, Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis (THIRA) to submit the FEMA-required Stakeholder Preparedness Report (SPR) and, in the process, develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the state. Tidal Basin conducted a series of workshops to solicit feedback and build a statewide Emergency Management and Homeland Security Strategic Plan that will guide future investments for the next 3-5 years.