Atkins awarded $3M contract for public assistance services by MEMA

Atkins has been awarded a $3M contract by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to assist in the management and administration of the remaining Public Assistance Program projects related to Hurricane Katrina.

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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a $3M contract by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to assist in the management and administration of the remaining Public Assistance (PA) Program projects related to Hurricane Katrina.

As a result of the unprecedented devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, the State of Mississippi partnered Atkins with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Awarded five consecutive contracts over the last 13 years, Atkins has provided and continues to provide support in managing Hurricane Katrina recovery projects under the Public Assistance Program. Atkins has helped manage the program, providing technical and programmatic support and expediting recovery funding delivery to local communities. Under the new contract, Atkins will ensure the completion of the final projects, including the reconstruction or replacement of damaged or destroyed infrastructure resulting from the 2005 hurricane.

“Having worked in lockstep with the state, FEMA and applicants throughout Mississippi since 2005, we uniquely understand the priorities and operational rhythm of MEMA,” said Erin Capps, Project Manager, Atkins. “We are ready to continue work with our partner and are confident we can expedite closeout by resolving technical issues and providing policy guidance.”

A 2009 U.S. General Accountability Office report titled “Disaster Recovery: Past Experiences Offer Recovery Lessons for Hurricanes Ike and Gustav and Future Disasters” cites Mississippi as a model regarding recovery strategies that other state, federal and local officials should consider using in administering the public assistance program after future disasters.