Training. Preparedness. Response. Recovery.

Public Assistance

Key members of H2O have provided Public Assistance (PA) services in the form of Project Worksheet (PW) development, closeout assistance, grant research, compliance support, policy guidance and training, and administration after large disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Irene.

Example Projects:

  1. Assistance to the State of Mississippi (2005-2007): Beginning in 2005, H2O Partners was part of a Mississippi team of contractors hired by the State of Mississippi to assist with the State’s role as Grantee for Stafford Act funds. H2O’s role involved providing accounting services for Public Assistance subgrantees and obtaining reimbursement for expenses in responding to and rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Subgrantees included governmental entities such as counties, cities, schools and eligible non-profits. H2O conducted detailed reviews and reconciliation of application materials for the disbursement of PA funds to local governments, Electric Power Associations, state agencies, schools and nonprofits. This included monitoring contracts, reviewing debris removal load tickets for accuracy, and reconciling contractor’s invoices.
  2. Support to the State of Louisiana (2006-2007; 2011-Present): After the devastation and destruction from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, the State of Louisiana was left not only with a massive recovery effort, but also an extensive administrative and management burden in terms of handling funding and training communities for the FEMA PA and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs. H2O was selected as subcontractor from 2006 to 2007 and again in 2011 to provide customized training and education to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and communities throughout the state. In 2006, H2O assisted GOHSEP by traveling to local parishes to provide unique training on the Stafford Act, audit requirements of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the PA Policy Guidance. H2O provided on-site staff who worked directly with applicants to educate them on FEMA policies regarding business compliance processes; accounting methods for capturing Force Account Labor, Force Account Materials and Force Account Equipment costs; proper completion, review and submission of Project Worksheets; and documentation and record retention requirements. H2O also provided hands-on training to governmental entities such as Electric Power Associations and eligible non-profit corporations on process improvement in accounting documentation and PW completion.H2O is currently assisting GOHSEP in developing coursework and training for GOHSEP staff. Subject Matter Experts at H2O have developed exams for disaster recovery specialists at GOHSEP from a beginning to mastery level for both PA and HMA. H2O has also assisted with producing behavior skill sets and training indicators for GOHSEP staff. In addition, H2O has recommended customized courses for GOHSEP staff.