Disaster Management

BHA provides services in storm and disaster preparedness, emergency management, post‐event recovery and redevelopment with an emphasis on disaster recovery management and hazard mitigation. The firm is especially familiar with catastrophic flooding and the need to recover and mitigate severely damaged properties. The BHA Team services the professional engineering and disaster response needs of many government agencies and political subdivisions, as well as private companies. As the engineering firm for many of these entities, BHA has served as a consultant on numerous projects and provided engineering, project management, and grant application development services.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

BHA has significant experience with the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), as well as with FEMA and GOHSEP. BHA employees are part of successful residential construction monitoring and State and Parish-administered grant programs in south Louisiana. We provide oversight of properties in participation with various residential Hazard Mitigation, Severe Repetitive Loss and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs.

BHA is the sole provider of construction supervision services for the parish-wide Hazard Mitigation Assistance elevation and reconstruction programs in Jefferson Parish. BHA provides licensed Certified Floodplain Managers, Surveyors, Construction Managers, Licensed Contractors, Inspectors, Professional Engineers, and FEMA, HMA, HMGP and NFIP subject matter experts to deliver the following services:

  • Site documentation
  • Construction plan review
  • Contractor/homeowner coordination
  • Construction supervision
  • Ongoing monitoring and bi-weekly site visits
  • Property closeout
  • Milestone observations per grant guidelines
  • Specific property closeout
  • Database visible to the Parish

Collaboration with property owners, Jefferson Parish Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation, Jefferson Parish Inspection and Code Enforcement, Jefferson Parish Planning, selected Project Management team, GOHSEP, FEMA and construction contractors to ensure compliance

BHA employees have provided construction supervision services for the following elevation and reconstruction grants in the cities of Kenner, Gretna, Harahan, Westwego, Grand Isle, Jean Lafitte, Metairie, Marrero, New Orleans, River Ridge, Harvey, and Barataria:

  • Jefferson Parish Construction Supervision of 2017 HMGP and HMA Grant Funding: 107 properties, $17.3 million
  • Jefferson Parish Construction Supervision of 2015/2016 HMGP and HMA Grant Funding: 240 properties, $30 million
  • Jefferson Parish Construction Supervision of 2014 HMA Grant Funding: 50 properties, $8.8 million
  • Jefferson Parish Severe Repetitive Loss Program: 380+ properties, $60 million
  • Jefferson Parish Katrina/Rita HMGP: 450+ properties, $83 million
  • Jefferson Parish Gustav/Ike Recalculation HMGP: 130+ properties, $30 million
  • Orleans Parish Severe Repetitive Loss Program: 30 properties, $5.5 million
  • Jefferson Parish Isaac HMGP: 70+ properties, $11 million

Louisiana Land Trust Program Management and Implementation

BHA is currently the program manager contracted to manage the demolition of more than 11,000 properties in 27 parishes damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita through the Louisiana Land Trust. Our team has been actively involved in this project since its inception in January 2009 and provides a wide array of program management and implementation services for hurricane recovery, blight removal and redevelopment, including project management, site assessment, asbestos inspection, crew supervision and crew monitoring, and environmental review of properties. BHA also provides the exclusive surveying services for this project.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates

Under the Louisiana Planning Pilot Grant Program (LPPGP), BHA provides hazard mitigation planning services resulting in an update to the Action Plan contained within the Parish’s existing Hazard Mitigation Plan

Drainage Improvements/Redirection

Under the Disaster Recovery Unit of the state Office of Community Development, BHA provides overall project management to various public entities, including engineering, design and construction management services to redesign and modify existing drainage systems to effectively drain subdivisions and prevent flooding of residences.

Stafford Act Programs Closeout Services

BHA currently employs close-out specialists and disaster recovery specialists for The Stafford Act Programs Closeout Services project for Louisiana GOHSEP; BHA also has employed Benefit-Cost analysts for the same project.

BHA has provided management, oversight and personnel to assist with the recovery effort of closing out over 30,000 FEMA-funded projects throughout the State, specifically with the review of eligible work and cost reasonableness.

BHA personnel have been trained as proficient disaster recovery specialists, concentrating on the cost estimation techniques required to closeout these FEMA-funded projects in a timely and efficient manner.

BHA works to complete closeout documents, review grants, audit files and address any deficient findings. The works together closely to ensure all federal and state requirements, laws and policies are met. Closeout of the affected properties will assist the State in expediting recovery operations from current and future federally declared disasters and aid in maximizing future grant opportunities.

Elevation Certificates/NFIP Expertise

BHA provides elevation certificates and boundary surveys in Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Livingston, Madison, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Tensas, West Baton Rouge and other parishes. We offer a quick turnaround at reasonable rates, and our survey team boasts more than 30 years of experience.

BHA has substantial experience with the rules and regulations of numerous federal, state and local agencies, and is familiar with the requirements of recent legislation, including the Biggert-Waters Act.

BHA employs experts in NFIP, state and local floodplain ordinances, which seek to reduce future flooding and ultimately lower insurance rates throughout Louisiana. Our Certified Floodplain Managers are also members of the Louisiana Floodplain Managers Association and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Our members regularly attend conferences and workshops to stay up to date on NFIP requirements for floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration and insurance updates related to floodplain management.

Certified Floodplain Managers:

Mike Stewart, CFM

David Simoneaux, CFM

Chandler Jordan, CFM

Jeff Carey, CFM

Bruce K. Dyson, CFM