Catastrophic events result in extraordinary expenses and property losses for everyone involved, including governments, public authorities, utilities, emergency responders and property owners. When disaster strikes, organizations and institutions across America discover they need more than basic knowledge of the rules that govern grant and insurance programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Baker Donelson's Disaster Recovery Team provides legal and regulatory advice, training and consulting services in the areas of disaster preparedness and recovery. As a leading provider of legal advice and services to organizations and agencies interacting directly with FEMA, we are the source to which governments, non-profits and private entities turn when they need help navigating the regulatory maze. To learn more about our FEMA law practice, click here.
Our attorneys work with local governments, government agencies and authorities, non-profits and infrastructure providers like hospitals and utilities, as well as with private businesses. We also consult with states, municipalities and developers to offer counsel in matters involving national flood insurance program requirements, including floodplain management and insurance issues. We are proactive in our approach, helping clients take steps before a disaster strikes to ensure future access to funding and emergency recovery assistance. We provided financial oversight, document management, legal and compliance services to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in connection with their responsibilities under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s $3 billion Public Assistance Program. As part of the effort, we were involved with oversight of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement between states following disasters.
We have one of the largest and most extensive affordable housing practices in the region. An integral part of the practice entails representing housing authorities and state housing finance agencies. We serve as general and special counsel to housing authorities, which includes work in connection with a $60 million HOPE VI Development, and a state-wide consortium of housing authorities in Mississippi which have pooled their resources for a multi-million dollar debt financing. We also have deep experience working with state governments and housing finance agencies.
Our team includes the former general counsel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the former Commissioner of the Mississippi Insurance Department; the former Deputy Commissioner of the Mississippi Insurance Department; the former Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security; the legal counsel to the Housing Committee of the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal; the Directors of the Mississippi Development Authority's Project Management Office and Small Rental Assistance Program; the Project Coordinator for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program; Certified Project Managers through the Project Management Institute; Certified Public Accountants*; and Certified Fraud Examiners.
*Baker Donelson is not a CPA firm