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OEI Certified Floodplain Managers Partner with FEMA

O’Brien Engineering is a recognized expert partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Our team serves FEMA directly in many ways.

Grant Reviews

FEMA grants funds for disaster prevention, recovery, and emergency relief projects for eligible applicants on all levels.  

Grants are available in: 

  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Emergency Food and Shelter
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Resiliency

OEI experts review applications and advise FEMA about which projects should receive funding.  Our team evaluates if a proposal meets the requirements in fields such as disaster management, dam safety, and earthquake risk. 

Damage Assessments

When there is a natural disaster OEI Engineers are sent to assesses the amount of damage and its impact. The information provided in a damage assessment is critical to FEMA and other organizations, so they know the level of support that is needed to send aid for emergency relief and the proper resources to recover from the disaster. 

Flood map modernization

Certified floodplain managers at OEI work with FEMA to update and enhance flood maps.  Flood maps show potential hazards and are an important tool when coordinating tasks among agencies. The current flood maps are outdated.  Without current information about flood risk, it is difficult to plan infrastructure to mitigate potential danger.  

OEI Project Categories

In addition to our work directly with FEMA OEI helps clients with FEMA involvement in their projects.  Many water resource management projects require the collaboration of a certified floodplain manager and FEMA. OEI provides engineering solutions in the following fields: 

  • A/E Design
  • Architecture
  • Hydraulic, Hydrologic, and Hydrodynamics
  • MEP Design
  • Real Estate
  • GIS Mapping
  • Facility Condition Assessments
  • Environmental Design
  • Streambank/Creekbank Stabilization, Slope Stabilization, Erosion Control
  • Construction Phase Services/Construction Administration
  • Water Systems Upgrades
  • Paving and Drainage
  • Dam and Levee Safety
  • Flood Reports, Studies, and Analyses

We take pride in setting high standards to deliver mitigation plans.  Visit our Projects page to see the variety of ways OEI works with clients to assess issues and create innovative solutions.