Recovery Coordinator

Contact: jriddell@dsideas.com


Jim has worked in the emergency management field for over eleven years, beginning in 2005 working 8 declared disasters and has been responsible for the closure of over 155 large projects from 25 applicants with a total closeout dollar figure of over $400 million.  Jim has been the team lead in working disaster 4138, overseeing damage assessment projects in Bay County, Florida as well as disaster 4177 team lead for Escambia County, Florida.  Jim is well versed in all aspects of disaster relief including all five categories of Disasters (Debris, Protective Measures, Roads and Bridges, Water Control Facilities, Buildings & Equipment, Utility Systems and Parks, Recreation & Other).  Jim is also experienced in all 3 major areas of Hurricane Recovery; PDA, PA and Closeouts.  Jim has excellent computer skills using both Excel and Power Point software and holds 20 relevant FEMA certifications. Prior to working for DSI and the State of Florida Jim was a Construction Manager/Mitigation for Rebuild Northwest Florida, overseeing the Construction Mitigation Program and working with the General Contractor to ensure mitigation projects were successful.  He also provided comprehensive case management services to Hurricane Mitigation Program applicants. Jim has worked as a FEMA IA Housing inspector, where he conducted room by room inspections of over 600 residential buildings damaged in Hurricane Katrina and flooding in New York.  He collected information and wrote a “scope of work” during the inspection.  Jim has a Master’s in Marriage & Family Counseling.  He was a certified corporate trainer for Hewlett Packard for 11 years and was an adjunct professor.