Public, private, and nonprofit organizations must develop and implement new strategies to not only prepare and respond but to also quickly recover from disasters.
ICF provides essential technical expertise to organize and integrate related programs across the full recovery lifecycle. Using strong program management discipline, ICF helps communities recover from the effects of a major disaster and improve resiliency to future events.
ICF's multidisciplinary housing and community development teams provide a comprehensive understanding in community development block grants; rehabilitation and reconstruction; pre- and post-disaster housing and recovery planning; and program design, training, and technical assistance. ICF also works with states to help rebuild sustainable communities that are more resilient to future natural disasters and to promote the region and its residents.
- Analysis of housing and economic data
- Workforce development
- Development of alternative housing solutions
- Pre-and post-disaster housing and recovery planning
- Identification of priority investment projects
- Community planning toolkits
- Case management
- Community building
Related programs: Block Grant Playbook
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Critical Infrastructure Systems
ICF enables clients to manage risks to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure, including energy and water supplies and transportation and cyber systems. Capabilities include:
- Vulnerability and risk assessments
- Analysis of interdependencies
- Identification and feasibility analyses of mitigation strategies
- Capital investment planning and prioritization
- Regulatory and policy analysis
- Stakeholder engagement and outreach
- Public/private partnership development and enhancement
- Strategic communications
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Health and Social Services
ICF helps clients at all levels of government and the private sector prepare for the public health, healthcare, and medical consequences of all hazards, disasters, and emergencies. Capabilities include:
- Implementation of public health and healthcare system preparedness
- Planning, training, and exercises
- Incident specific planning (pandemic influenza, smallpox, etc.)
- Regional community resilience
- Policy development and evaluation
- Hazard, risk, capabilities, and readiness assessments
- Preparedness and response program evaluation
- Continuity of operations planning
- Emergency medical services system support
- Disaster behavioral health
Related programs: SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
Read more about ICF's Health and Social Services solutions and Public Health Preparedness.
Economic and Workforce Development
During the recovery and rebuilding phases, ICF equips city, county, state, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations with the skills and abilities they need to build and sustain community economic health. ICF supports stakeholders with a range of economic and infrastructure development issues focused on workforce development, asset building, economic development, and community building so that neighborhoods can achieve economic stability and maintain social equity.
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Natural and Cultural Resources
ICF's experienced scientists, technical experts, and regulatory specialists deliver skilled problem solving and creative thinking to help decision makers navigate through natural resource challenges. Capabilities include:
- Conducting environmental and technical studies, analyses, and inventories
- Using resource modeling and quantitative analysis to assess potential impacts
- Developing resource conservation and sustainable ecosystem plans
- Designing and implementing compliance, permitting, monitoring, and mitigation strategies
- Implementing strategic communication practices and public outreach
- Monitoring construction projects for environmental compliance
- Implementing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and related laws and authorities
- Implementing compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
- Expertise in architectural history, history, archaeology, and historic architecture
Related programs: Bay Delta Conservation Plan
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A core principle of the recovery processes is that it includes a rigorous understanding of risks and vulnerabilities and builds in sustainability and resilience. Experts have long argued that climate change will continue to exacerbate vulnerability to extreme weather. Existing infrastructure may be at risk to impacts from extreme events, like intense rainfall from storms or wind from hurricanes, as well as longer-term trends in climate such as periods of drought or heat.
ICF helps decision makers understand the risks posed by climate change and develop adaptation solutions. Capabilities include:
- Evaluating climate change impacts on ecosystems, economic systems, human health, infrastructure, and operations
- Developing decision-support frameworks for addressing climate risks
- Assessing climate vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities
- Evaluating adaptation options
- Mainstreaming climate risk management into existing activities
- Engaging stakeholders through pilot programs, workshops, and outreach
Related programs: Gulf Coast Study
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Program Management and Governance
Recovery planning and operations require the coordinated effort of government at every level as well as stakeholders in the private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGO). For successful recovery, local governments need to take leadership and primary responsibility for the coordinated effort across all aspects of community recovery. ICF has strong program management and community engagement expertise essential to establish governance structures and help coordinate and manage the overall recovery effort. Capabilities include:
- Organizational governance
- Policy, process, and procedure management
- Acquisition management
- Collaboration (program portals)
- Program control board
- Performance management
- Strategic communication management
Related programs: ICF implemented the Louisiana Road Home Program, which ultimately became the largest disaster relief program in U.S. history.
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