Our Services

Handling Disaster Assistance and Flood Insurance Issues

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rules and regulations are complex. Governmental entities, utilities, developers, contractors and private property owners often need assistance dealing with FEMA to obtain the benefits and compensation they need and deserve.

Baker Donelson is dedicated to helping organizations, companies, agencies and individuals navigate the maze of regulations and deal effectively with FEMA. We have the experience, knowledge and resources needed to help our clients face the many legal, financial and practical challenges that accompany a disaster.

Our firm advises and assists clients in matters involving:

FEMA Public Assistance Program — helping states, municipalities, counties, local government agencies and authorities, tribal governments and certain non-profits (those performing “government-type functions”) determine eligibility for and obtain FEMA grant money for disaster recovery efforts.

National Flood Insurance Coverage Issues— assisting insurance companies under FEMA’s “Write-Your-Own” insurance program with legal and regulatory issues arising from their underwriting and claims adjustment of national flood insurance policies. We also assist insureds and communities seek coverage for and file claims regarding flood damage.

Flood Plain Management Issues — helping municipal governments, developers and landowners comply with FEMA flood plain management regulations and resolving flood plain management and mapping disputes.

Public Health Emergency Law — providing legal and regulatory consulting services and training to governmental units, non-profits and other organizations in the area of public health emergency preparedness.

Education and Training Services — conducting formal training sessions as well as informal seminars on a number of issues covering topics of interest to state governments, municipalities, non-profits and other organizations; topics include compliance with FEMA grant programs, emergency management, disaster contracting, FEMA audits and appeals and other tops.

FEMA Audits and Appeals — advising and representing public assistance programs in receipt of FEMA grant funds in audit and appeal actions.

Assisting Utilities in Dealing with FEMA — providing services designed to help utilities and municipal governments comply with FEMA grant regulations, receive payment from FEMA and formulate emergency preparedness plans.

Representing Contractors in FEMA Disputes — helping contractors obtain compensation in cases involving disputes over FEMA contracts.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program — helping municipalities and other organizations develop winning grant proposals that are in compliance with all applicable FEMA regulations.

Baker Donelson is here to provide clients with timely and cost-effective legal and regulatory advice necessary to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.