IEM Awarded Contract to Perform Long-Term Hurricane Matthew Recovery Across North Carolina

IEM to Begin Providing Services June 15th, 2019, Commits to Delivering Same World-Class Recovery Service Provided Across the Nation to Survivors Located in Firm’s Home State

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC June 20th, 2018 – Today, Innovative Emergency Management (IEM) announced that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety selected the nationally-recognized disaster recovery firm to deliver housing services in support of North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina on October 9th, 2016 and IEM’s contract support for long-term, permanent housing began on June 15th, 2018.

“Hurricane Matthew upended the lives of thousands of North Carolinians. As a company based in North Carolina, we are particularly struck by the severity of this storm and have seen first-hand how important it is to get survivors back home and back to normalcy quickly,” said Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO of IEM.  “IEM is honored to partner with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to demonstrate progress to homeowners and residents as we work to put federal funds to work for survivors while navigating federal requirements. There is nothing at IEM that is more important to us than putting survivors first, and as tragic as Matthew was, we will apply the same successful strategies we have applied after previous catastrophic events to build North Carolina back safer and stronger than ever before.”

IEM is the undisputed market leader in CDBG-DR support for states and localities. A woman-owned disaster recovery firm IEM has decades of experience supporting disaster recoveries across America and is has successfully managed the largest CDBG-DR programs in the nation, including post-disaster projects in Louisiana, New York, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Today, IEM maintains the largest cadre of CDBG-DR experts in the nation and is breaking records in delivering service to survivors quickly and efficiently.

IEM’s contract with North Carolina covers program management, training, intake operations for program participants, environmental assessments, and construction management. In support of communities affected by Hurricane Matthew, IEM will hire case managers and skilled trades people who reside in local communities that were impacted by the storm.

CDBG-DR funds are appropriated by Congress and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas. HUD awards CDBG-DR funds to state and local governments which become grantees. The grantees then funnel the funds to state agencies, non-profit organizations, economic development agencies, citizens and businesses for restoring homes, businesses and infrastructure. IEM’s role is to assist the State in managing the process so that it delivers housing support fast and in full compliance with HUD regulations.