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Hazard Mitigation

Witt O’Brien’s provides unrivaled assistance in identifying risks, planning to reduce future losses, and implementing comprehensive hazard mitigation solutions. We understand that hazard mitigation planning and risk assessment must have broadbased involvement and commitment to be effective. We are adept at team building and know how to foster community participation every step of the way. Witt O’Brien’s further ensures the success of your hazard mitigation efforts through our comprehensive understanding of all federal and state mitigation rules and regulations, environmental/historic preservation considerations, hazard identification and risk assessment, benefit-cost analysis (BCA), federal planning requirements, and project management capabilities.

Our approach to hazard mitigation planning is driven by a comprehensive understanding of the mitigation life cycle. From development and update of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-approved plans to project identification, application development, implementation, risk assessment, and monitoring through to closeout, audit, and data/document management, Witt O’Brien’s provides full-circle services to maximize your organization’s return on investment.

Key hazard mitigation planning services include:

Before a Disaster

  • Hazard identification and risk assessments
  • Development and update of hazard mitigation plans
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • BCA/return on investment (ROI) analysis
  • Development of mitigation strategies and approaches/project identification
  • Capability assessments
  • Explanation of relevant applicant/state/FEMA responsibilities
  • Explanation of federal mitigation program requirements, regulations, and time lines
  • Education of potential applicants regarding mitigation opportunities and responsibilities
  • Application of mitigation priorities to capital planning
  • Advancing mitigation and utility interdependencies through more resilient infrastructure systems

After a Disaster

  • Staff augmentation with qualified experts
  • Design and implementation of a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), including the provision of interim staffing support, project development, application/programmatic review and analysis, application development, data/document management, BCA, financial tracking, and grants management
  • Development of a documentation management system to meet all federal and state requirements
  • Explanation of relevant applicant/state/FEMA responsibilities
  • Explanation of federal mitigation program requirements, regulations and time lines
  • Project evaluation and review
  • Explicit guidance on assistance with grant program/project closeout and audits
  • Financial management and tracking
  • Data and document management
  • Public education and outreach
  • Staff training and education