FEMA Programs & Procurement
The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program is a reimbursement program and the burden of proof of the damages is the applicant’s responsibility; therefore, a thorough record-keeping and accounting system to track costs is essential to qualifying for and retaining FEMA funds. Tidal Basin works with clients to review their standard practices and procurement and accounting policies in order to identify gaps and potential roadblocks for reimbursement in future disasters.
FEMA’s procurement regulations are outlined in the Uniform Administration Rules at 2 CFR Part 200 – adopted by the Department of Homeland Security. The rulemaking which is intended to make procurement and other federal grant administration requirements uniform for all recipients and sub recipients identifies eleven general procurement standards, some of which are mandatory. Prior to reimbursement, FEMA will review the recipient’s and sub recipient’s written policies and procedures to ensure requirements are met.
Tidal’s expertise and knowledge ensures that clients are prepared to meet FEMA’s rigorous procurement standards.
FEMA Debris Management Monitoring
Under the Public Assistance (PA) Program, FEMA does not require applicants to complete a Debris Management Plan; however, a FEMA-approved Debris Management Plan will reduce potential issues once the PA Program is activated in the future. Tidal Basin reviews our clients’ current procurement and management plans in order to identify gaps.
We work with clients to update their debris plans and bring their Debris Management Program into compliance with the FEMA Public Assistance Debris Management Guide which outlines its recommendations for debris plans, and the process and requirements for approving plans. Tidal’s knowledge and expertise ensures that clients are prepared for potential debris removal operations.
We had initially thought we would be able to assess the damage and work with FEMA and our insurance carrier's adjusters by ourselves. It quickly became evident that we were going to need help. We realized we did not have the personnel, time or expertise it was going to take to deal with complex governmental regulations and equally complex insurance and adjusting issues, especially when it was taking all the resources we had just to get essential county services up and running again...your organization really came to the rescue. You delivered what you promised, and that counts for everything down here in South East Texas.
Tidal Basin assigned a uniquely-qualified project management team with extensive, existing knowledge of our region to this initiative. Their knowledge and experience with developing products that close gaps and are responsive to stakeholder needs was evident throughout the project. Tidal Basin was effective at confirming the need/project scope at the outset of the project. The stakeholder working group sessions that were facilitated by Tidal Basin revealed a more nuanced planning need (a coordination tool instead of an operational response plan), and Tidal Basin quickly adapted to this shift in project scope. Despite this change, Tidal Basin was able to provide an end-product that exceeded our expectations. I found the team to be particularly responsive to communications (email/phone) and well-suited to elicit difficult/nebulous information from the planning stakeholders and translate that into a written product. Tidal Basin always exhibited great customer service throughout the project and I highly recommend Tidal Basin without reservation. In fact, I have used them multiple times!
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When Hurricane Katrina struck, bringing with it widespread flooding and damage, the City of Slidell took the brunt of the storm. Located just 30 miles north of New Orleans, the two cities were both hit full-force by the destructive power of the hurricane. Unfortunately for Slidell, the nation first focused on the recovery of New Orleans. The City of Slidell didn't begin its recovery operations under Adjusters International had been hired, bringing the expertise required to turn the recovery process around.
- Detroit Public Schools, Michigan
- 1692-DR-NY Severe Storms and Inland and Coastal Flooding
- Greenville Utility Commission, North Carolina
- Monroe County, Florida
- City of Groves, Texas
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Port Arthur Independent School District, Texas
- 4050-DR-AK Severe Winter Storms and Flooding
- City of Port Isabel, Texas
- 1565-DR-NY Tropical Depression Ivan
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