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Dewberry Joins STARR II Joint Venture to Support FEMA in Disaster Planning, Mitigation

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has joined the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR II), a joint venture of four proven leaders in DFIRM mapping, risk assessment, risk communication and mitigation planning  (Atkins, Greenhorne & O’Mara, Stantec and CDM), to provide technical consulting and support services to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The STARR II joint venture assists FEMA nationwide in working with communities to plan and respond to natural disasters.

STARR II is under contract to provide FEMA with production and technical services for its Risk Map program, Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP) and the Building Sciences Programs. The joint venture’s mission is to help make communities more resilient by providing high-quality risk data and expertise to support mitigation action. Services include flood hazard mapping, risk assessment, hazard mitigation planning, post-disaster mitigation support, and building sciences expertise.

Fairfax, Virginia-based Dewberry has provided a broad range of consulting services to FEMA, including floodplain mapping and disaster planning and response, since 1974. The firm’s team of experts includes engineers, scientists, GIS analysts, and program specialists.

Under the STARR alliance, partners work as one in a common vision and purpose to reduce the loss of life and property caused by floods. STARR is helping FEMA and its partners create a flood-savvy nation, one community at a time, by leveraging ongoing partnerships and inspiring local action to mitigate flood risk.

STARR’score services include the following:

  • DFIRM production and adoption;
  • Hazard identification and mapping;
  • GIS and database applications;
  • Outreach and risk communications;
  • Watershed management;
  • Coastal analysis, protection and restoration;
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment;
  • Mitigation planning and funding;
  • Disaster response; and
  • Water resources engineering
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