HGA has over a decade of experience in managing FEMA HMA projects. HGA has an in-depth knowledge of current legislation and federal regulations as applied to FEMA FMA, PDM, HMGP, BRIC, and NFIP programs. Our HMA projects have included wind retrofits, critical facility hardening, hurricane or tornado safe rooms, road elevations, bridge replacements, levee projects, drainage improvements, pump stations, stormwater canal stabilizations, retention ponds, and the reconstruction, elevation, and acquisition of homes.
We customize our mitigation services to each client to accommodate the environment, extent and type of damage, demographics, existing plans, local and state regulations, and changes to federal laws. While our services and approach can be customized, HGA promotes standardization within programs to facilitate efficiency. We offer vetted processes, forms, and templates for our HMA programs to more effectively train new staff, replicate past successes, and eliminate file errors. In fact HGA’s standardized budget templates, milestone inspection checklists, and request for reimbursement packets have been recognized as a best practice. We pride ourselves in consistency with reimbursement requests; not one reimbursement request submitted by HGA has been found ineligible.
Our FEMA Public Assistance projects have covered a range of scopes to include school buildings, roads, bridges, debris, and emergency protective measures. HGA helps our clients to position for all available federal funding by ensuring proper documentation, determining what is eligible, walking the line between emergency and non-emergency services, identifying mutual aid agreements, and reviewing procurement processes for federal compliance.
HGA works closely with our clients to create better ways to manage the projects funded by the FEMA PA Program. Our work starts before a disaster has been declared by helping local jurisdictions to plan ahead for the forthcoming funding. HGA assists with tasks such as:
- Developing a debris management plan
- Creating a master list of equipment, buildings, roads, and labor
- Researching pre-existing contracts and mutual aid agreements
- Setting up systems to track labor equipment and materials used in preparing for a disaster event, as well as the repairs and other emergency protective measures that are needed after the disaster
- Inspecting damaged facilities and drafting descriptions of the damage in preparation for meetings with the state and FEMA.
HGA supports our clients during and after an event to inspect damaged facilities and create descriptions of the damage before the clients meet with the state and FEMA. This proactive approach guarantees that no damages will be overlooked, ensuring that the client will receive their full FEMA PA reimbursement for the disaster.