CDM Smith to Support FEMA in its Mission of Post-Disaster Response and Recovery
BOSTON - As part of its ongoing efforts to provide technical support and assistance for disaster-related infrastructure recovery throughout the United States and its territories, CDM Smith is pleased to announce its continued support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under a renewed national Public Assistance Technical Assistance Contract (PA TAC IV) totaling $610 million.
In conjunction with joint venture partner Jacobs Engineering Group (formerly CH2M Hill), CDM Smith will provide engineering and architectural support services to state and local municipalities following nationally declared disasters. These services—which include assessments of permanent restoration of damaged infrastructure, emergency protective measures, and debris removal—will utilize the engineering experience and industry expertise of CDM Smith staff to support grants to states and communities in need of disaster recovery.
Under the five-year contract, CDM Smith employees must maintain a constant state of readiness, often facing deployment within 48 hours of the government’s notification. This rapid deployment strategy requires tremendous coordination efforts between CDM Smith staff, our JV partners, and FEMA coordinators, said program manager Sherry Crouch. “Under our current PA TAC contract, CDM Smith has over 100 people deployed to disaster zones around the U.S. and we have to be prepared to send more at any given time. Therefore, having a comprehensive yet efficient process is key,” she said.
“Projects like these are about making a difference in a significant way,” said delivery leader Tim Hillier. “When you’re supporting communities in post-disaster situations, you’re often interacting with people amidst one of the most trying experience they’ll ever go through. Helping these communities regain normalcy and get back on their feet as quickly and easily as possible is something that’s incredibly rewarding on a personal level,” he said.
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