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Resilience & Risk Mitigation Services

Comprehensive strategies that maximize funding opportunities and build resilience against the impacts of a changing climate.

Enhancing community resilience means making long term, thoughtful changes that fundamentally protect the people and property within your community, while enhancing your capabilities and enabling faster bounce-back. We offer comprehensive support to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. Beginning with Hazard Mitigation Planning, we ensure your readiness is rooted in a comprehensive risk assessment and actionable strategy development. We collaborate with you to identify vulnerabilities and craft tailored mitigation strategies in your journey toward resilience and future readiness.

With the increasing impacts due to climate change, our Resiliency & Climate Change Adaptation Strategies service includes assessment of community preparedness that considers innovative and nature-based solutions and encompasses building resilience and sustainability into the fabric of your local communities.

Through Mitigation Project Development & Management, we assist in the implementation of these solutions reinforcing your community against potential threats. We then streamline the often-complex process of engaging with FEMA's Mitigation departments, providing the insight and guidance needed to align your strategies with federal stipulations and maximize funding opportunities.

Mitigation can be implemented long before or immediately following disaster declarations, like in the case of 406 awards under FEMA Public Assistance. Recognizing the importance of innovative solutions, we also support the integration of the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program into your mitigation activities, further strengthening your community's resilience against future disasters.

Together, these services form a cohesive approach to resilience and risk mitigation, empowering your community to confidently face the future.

Mitigation Project Development & Management

Our Mitigation Project Development & Management service is founded on our extensive experience with long-term collaborative action planning and leveraging partnerships and funding to produce more holistic and cost-effective projects. Our position supporting communities through all phases of the disaster cycle allows us to take communities through response, recovery, and into resilience building. We take a hands-on approach to help mitigate the risks that threaten your communities. We will partner with you to identify potential vulnerabilities, develop bespoke mitigation projects, and oversee their effective implementation. Our experts are ready to deploy swiftly, providing strategic guidance and operational support from inception through completion, ensuring your projects are delivered on time, on budget, and meet all regulatory requirements. Importantly, we maintain an unwavering focus on the human element—your citizens. From protecting critical infrastructure to supporting your underserved populations, our goal is to foster safer, more resilient communities, capable of weathering future challenges with confidence.

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FEMA Mitigation Consulting: HMGP, 406, FMA, & BRIC Programs

Navigating the nuances of FEMA's regulations and policies presents a unique challenge. Each program—Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire (HMGP-PF), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), and even 406 Mitigation—carry their own stipulations and criteria. This is where our expertise in FEMA Mitigation Consulting becomes invaluable. By understanding the different contexts and objectives of these programs, we provide a unified approach to your mitigation strategy, ensuring a seamless alignment with federal guidelines while maximizing available funding.

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CDBG-MIT Program Consulting

Introduced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2018, the CDBG-MIT program provides funding to state and local governments in repetitive loss areas to support mitigation activities that reduce the risks and impacts of future natural disasters. Mirroring aspects of FEMA's HMGP program and HUD's existing CDBG-DR program, Witt O’Brien’s has provided support for this innovative program from its inception, helping communities develop CDBG-MIT Plans, MIT benefit cost analysis, program tools, templates, policies and procedures to help our clients successfully secure and implement CDBG-MIT funding.

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Hazard Mitigation Planning

The effective safeguarding of your community begins with a comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan. Utilizing our team's extensive experience integrating comprehensive collaboration, accounting for nuanced and diverse needs, and leveraging novel partnerships, we identify potential hazards, assess vulnerabilities, capture community lifelines, and create bespoke mitigation strategies. With our support, you can minimize risk, expedite resilience objectives, and ensure regulatory compliance. Our comprehensive, hands-on approach ensures that your community is well-prepared and capable through any disaster scenario that arises.

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Resiliency & Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

For many communities, resilience and climate change go hand-in-hand. Witt O'Brien's offers comprehensive climate change adaptation services to help businesses, governments, and organizations prepare for the impacts of a changing climate and the increased frequency of severe events. Our services include vulnerability assessments, risk management planning, scenario analysis, critical facility impact analysis, and the development of adaptation strategies that prioritize resilience, sustainability, and innovation. We also provide ongoing support to ensure that our clients' adaptation plans are implemented effectively and efficiently. We understand that climate change adaptation is a complex and rapidly evolving field, and we are committed to staying at the forefront of emerging trends and best practices. Our team of experts is passionate about creating a more resilient and sustainable future, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals.

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