Our skills in Recovery at Hagerty Consulting are broadly grouped into three complementary areas: Program Management and Implementation, Financial and Data Management, and Government Programs. Clients benefit from each in different ways.
Program Management and Implementation
Disaster recovery is usually the worst thing to happen to those affected by a natural or manmade calamity, a calamity only fixable with the assistance of the federal government. With that premise in mind, Program Management and Implementation is about understanding the client’s immediate and long-term needs, understanding the populations affected, and knowing what resources are available to help rebuild in the event of a presidentially-declared disaster.
Hagerty works with clients to find every available funding source in a recovery. We know Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy thoroughly, as well as programs and policy from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). We give our government counterparts a reason to say yes when we push the boundaries about what is best for our clients. We are known for coming up with novel approaches to problems and suggesting innovative solutions to help clients recover faster. Best of all, our ideas frequently are embraced by our colleagues throughout government, and recognized for the efficiencies they generate.
Financial and Data Management
Knowing “the players and the policies” approach to our work is the heart of Financial and Data Management. Federal grants need to follow complex documentation rules and a team is needed to manage the overall process. Hagerty teams are innovative, technically astute, and knowledgeable about both the management processes and data. We know what information to look for and where to find it. We can then take that data and develop reports, often ones that reveal new and important information, which we share with our clients. We give our clients the necessary information to do their jobs better in a post-disaster environment, and to be in an even stronger position to respond to a disaster event the next time. Throughout every stage of the engagement, we make sure to share our knowledge with our clients and take the time to teach them what they need to know in the event of a future disaster.
Federal Disaster Programs
Federal largesse is available to jurisdictions after applications are filed, forms completed, budgets estimated, and deadlines met. The process is complicated, but eased with excellent advice and assistance, of which Hagerty excels. We understand and know the rules, and we have years of experience negotiating on behalf of our clients. The results of our work — the billions of dollars we have helped secure for our clients — is proof of our success and expertise in working with government programs.
The federal government is organized to assist states, counties, and cities with financial assistance in the event of a disaster. There are many different forms of assistance, including Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Mitigation Assistance, Community Development Block Grants, and others. Hagerty has deep, nuanced experience in each of these resources. The specific sources of the grants are as diverse as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Transportation Agency, and the Federal Highway Administration, to name a few.
Before the Disaster
While the bulk of our recovery work is contracted after a disaster, we also work with clients before a disaster to develop community long-term recovery plans and re-development plans. We recommend that clients consider establishing comprehensive Stand-By Recovery Contracts, which allow an entity to procure stand-by support services proactively, in advance of a disaster. Contact Katie Freeman, Hagerty’s Director of Operations, to learn more about stand-by recovery contracts.