Recovery Ready Program

With our extensive expertise in disaster recovery services and the lessons learned from our work in hundreds of local and state agencies, we have built Recovery Ready to help applicants become better prepared to meet the complex and ever-changing FEMA requirements and the massive documentation needed to SECURE and KEEP recovery funding.  Having developed, managed, reviewed and closed thousands of FEMA Public Assistance projects, our extensive knowledge base is the foundation of Recovery Ready as a bridge between the daily operations of our clients—and the FEMA requirements that must be met to secure the funding our communities deserve. As all disaster-impacted communities know, the challenges of recovery are significant. Our goal is to make all of our clients Recovery Ready by following these major steps:

  • EXAMINE— Research and analyze current processes & procedures.

  • ENGINEER— Design refinements and changes for seamless integration.

  • EXECUTE— Implement changes to make the community Recovery Ready.

  • EXCEL New processes will help ensure maximum recovery support.


How does Recovery Ready work?

  • After executing our simple and straightforward Recovery Ready contract, a DSI Recovery Assessor will conduct an entrance conference with you to discuss the specific plan of action and timeframe for the assessment;
  • We will discuss our prior research into your “disaster” history as an applicant/sub-applicant;
  • Prior to or during this meeting we will request copies of all relevant documentation critical to effective recovery;
  • We will ask you to identify (and notify) key contacts within your organization for us to meet with and discuss the recovery process. Those follow-up discussions are normally completed the same day, if possible;
  • At the initial meeting, our Assessor will review a comprehensive checklist/questionnaire to be sure that we address all critical areas;
  • This initial meeting usually takes approximately two hours;
  • After receiving the documentation, recovery assessment staff will review, in detail, all of the materials collected, comparing your “current” status to FEMA standards and key factors;
  • A client-specific Recovery Ready report is produced and delivered within ten working days.


What areas are examined in this process?

It is important that our assessors look at all of your documentation, policies, procedures and guidelines that affect recovery funding. Our assessment will include your capacity and capability in the following areas:

  • Emergency ordinances and executive decisions/policies
  • Private property issues
  • Mutual aid
  • Insurance
  • Labor policies and procedures
  • Equipment records and policies
  • Contracting
  • Procurement
  • Various forms and checklists

Recovery Ready will examine the following types of documentation:

  • Legal/administrative
  • Force account labor
  • Force account equipment/supplies
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Emergency management/special incident specific response

Why is DSI the choice for this assessment?

Florida-based DSI’s practical and functional experience in working with hundreds of local state governments in the Southeast United States is unparalleled. We clearly understand the FEMA recovery process, its many advantages and potential pitfalls. 

DSI has been involved in the development, management, review and closeout of thousands of FEMA Recovery Projects and our outstanding team of professionals are always focused on achieving maximum benefits to the communities that we serveWe have worked on over $1.7 billion on FEMA project worksheets, so we know the system.