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GMC launches new Disaster Recovery department

February 10, 2021 · Announcements

Robert Ramsey

Goodwyn Mills Cawood is pleased to announce its new Disaster Recovery department, led by Robert Ramsey as executive vice president. Since 2017, Disaster Recovery has been housed as a service within Engineering; however, with its continued growth, unique service offerings and distinct operations, it will now function as a standalone department.

Over the last several years, GMC has become a leader in critical programs to restore impacted communities from disasters. The firm’s experience with disaster management and recovery programs, coupled with its engineering and architectural experience, allows the team to effectively assist communities in achieving their disaster program and long-term recovery goals. GMC’s Disaster Recovery team helps communities navigate the response planning process, including assistance in pre-disaster planning, debris management planning, debris monitoring, financial recovery, grant management and mitigation services so they can be prepared before, during and after a disaster occurs. GMC also assists with long term recovery through the CDBG-DR program to refurbish, restore or rebuild homes that were damaged because of a disaster, in addition to assisting municipalities with Covid-19 relief through various government agencies providing financial assistance.

Ramsey led debris monitoring and cost recovery efforts in his hometown of Albany, Ga., following the tornadoes that struck in January 2017. This, in turn, incited his passion for not only rebuilding and restoring communities, but also working to create more resilient communities to mitigate damage before disasters strike.

Under Ramsey’s leadership, GMC has provided disaster recovery services for numerous municipalities throughout the Southeast, including the City of Albany, Ga.; City of Kingsland, Ga.; City of St. Marys, Ga.; Seminole County, Ga.; City of Iron City, Ga.; City of Donalsonville, Ga.; City of Opp, Ala.; City of Seneca, S.C.; Town of Pendleton, S.C.; Oconee County, S.C.; City of Atmore, Ala.; and City of Satsuma, Ala., among others. In addition, the firm has contracted with several energy and electric cooperatives to provide consulting services for disaster recovery and FEMA public assistance for damages following natural disasters.