Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Long-Term Recovery

Moreward worked closely with Federal, state and county/parish officials, community leaders, local business owners and citizens to develop and quantify Long Term Recovery and Mitigation plans for communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Long Term Recovery and Mitigation Planning define a community's long-term needs for recovery and mitigates against future disasters by facilitating workshops with local officials and citizens. The goal is for the process to reflect back the community's vision for its future and develop implementation plans to achieve that goal while accurately assessing costs.

Community Disaster Loan (CDL)

Moreward helped to administer the $1 billion Community Disaster Loan program approved by Congress in October 2005 which was split between Louisiana and Mississippi. The loan program is designed mainly to assist parishes and other local government units with operating loss revenue as a direct result of a federally declared disaster employees. Moreward's primary role was to analyze financial statements and operating budgets to determine the applicant's eligibility and loan amounts. Loan amounts ranged up to the lesser of 25% of a local government unit's operating budget or the total of loss revenues for the current year of the disaster and the three subsequent years following the disaster.

Reports Specialist

In response to the California Wildfires of October 2007, Moreward responded to the recovery efforts by serving in the administrative role of the PA Reports Specialist. Reporting directly to the Infrastructure Branch Chief, Moreward collected and reported essential data to the operations of the PA program. Such data included the number of applicants requesting assistance, projected number and dollar amounts of PWs, actual number and dollar amounts of PWs, and anticipated dates for completion of PWs. Moreward submitted these reports in daily, weekly, and bi-weekly Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO)/State Coordinating Officer (SCO) meetings. Data was collected through regular communications with Project Specialists and Public Assistance Coordinators.

Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC)

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ike in September 2008, as a result of relationships developed in 2006 during the 403 Sheltering Program, Moreward was called in to assist the PA operations in Houston, TX. Serving in the role of Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC) for the State's largest applicant, the City of Houston, Moreward reviewed and assisted in the preparing of more than 350 PWs, totaling more than $120 million. This amount represented more than 20% of the State's total disaster-related costs. As PAC, Moreward led a team of more than 10 Project Specialists in preparing PWs covering all categories of work. Additionally, Moreward served as the primary contact for the City of Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, for all of its recovery issues.

Section 403 Sheltering Program

The City of Houston, in conjunction with FEMA developed the Joint Houston Housing Task Force initiative to assist Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees locate and secure appropriate housing and assistance. The program placed evacuees into apartments and other eligible housing that met the City established guidelines for a period not to exceed 12 months. This housing program included approximately 4,000 contracts with landlords and over 34,000 apartment units and has incurred over $300 million to operate. The size and magnitude of the program, combined with the exigent circumstances challenged the City of Houston. On behalf of FEMA, as part of a Technical Assistance Coordinator (TAC) team, Moreward conducted a program review of the housing program to assess program management costs related to the program, determine overall reasonableness of costs to run the program and generated a best practices approach in the event the situation occurs again.

Project Officer

Moreward provided Public Assistance technical support for FEMA such as assisting local government applicants with development of data, conducting field visits to damage sites, and analyzing labor, equipment, and contract costs, in response to the January 12, 2007 Winter Storm in Central and Southwest Missouri.

Debris Removal Contract Review

Moreward was responsible for reviewing contracts for the debris removal and monitoring operations associated with the Hurricane Katrina disaster to determine compliance with federal regulations procurement procedures. Moreward communicated directly with project officers responsible for preparing reimbursement requests for local governments as well as local government officials. Moreward prepared a database of all contracts and associated costs and provided summaries of average costs to top officials. Moreward performed analytical reviews to determine reasonableness of costs based on collected data within each contract. Moreward also provided guidance to local government officials in preparing requests for proposals to ensure compliance with federal regulation procurement requirements.

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