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Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs

Recorded On: 03/31/2020

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Federal funding programs provide an opportunity for your community to better respond to and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. However, these programs are complex and often lack clarity, especially in unprecedented events such as this. Proactive, strategic, and expert management of eligible activities, costs, and documentation requirements will promote successful short term response and long term financial recovery. Additionally, FEMA provides funding to manage the administration and execution of these grants, which may be used to hire disaster recovery consultant experts to augment and supplement your staff. In an effort to help you proactively navigate these complex programs and track eligible costs incurred, this webinar will take you through a toolkit that you and your teams can utilize to track disaster related costs. We’ll also have time for Q&A in this fast-moving situation. 

Due to server constraints, this webinar has a capacity of 500 registrants. If you are unable to view the live event, please note that a recording will be available within 1-2 days.\

ICMA Practice Areas: [7] Strategic Planning; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

Mark O'Mara

Director of Recovery, Hagerty Consulting

Mark O’Mara serves as Hagerty’s Director of Recovery. Mark is an experienced Disaster Recovery Project Manager with a demonstrated history in the recovery and grants management industries and strong background in design and construction. Over 13 years experience in developing, managing, and leading the formulation and administration of over $15B of grants funded through the FEMA Public Assistance (PA), HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), FHWA/FTA – Emergency Relief (ER), etc. programs.

He is experienced with all Categories of FEMA PA eligibility, facilities, and policies including damage assessments, scope of work development, cost estimating, the 428 PAAP Program, Section 404 and 406 Hazard Mitigation Programs, Benefit Costs Analyses (BCAs), project closeout, etc. Supported Recovery operations on countless declarations including flooding, tornadoes, winter storms as well as hurricanes (Katrina, Irene, and Sandy).

Mark is an experienced Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in negotiation, management, business development, innovative problem solving, construction means and methods, and project delivery.  He is a strong program and project management professional with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Mark came to Hagerty by way of the Gulf Coast. Armed with a degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee, USGBC LEED Building Design and Construction accreditation, and a specialty in Historic Preservation, Mark responded to the country’s largest modern disaster, Hurricane Katrina, by moving to the Gulf Coast in 2004. There he led recovery operations for over $150 million of school, hospital, and city projects.

Currently Mark manages a multi-disciplined team including architects, engineers, cost estimators, SMEs, and programmatic advisors. Together they manage the successful formulation, reconciliation, draw down and eventual close out of approximately $9 billion of eligible FEMA Public Assistance (PA) reimbursement for New York City and New York / New Jersey Port Authority to offset damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy. Mark’s expertise also includes applying for and managing Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants (over $4B to date).

Originally from Denver, Mark resides in Baltimore, but works in Manhattan where he gets to see the progress of the Hurricane Sandy Recovery every day.


03/31/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
03/31/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.50 ICMA CE credits and certificate available