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Articles & Insights Mar 24 2020


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Witt O'Brien's experts have responded to nearly every major natural or human-caused disaster in the US since 2001, including COVID-19, Avian Flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zika.

Here's a few ways we can help:
  • Strategic communications
  • Whole community engagement, including public/private partnerships
  • Incident management, support and coordination, including strategic advice, EOC and staff augmentation, and cost reimbursement services
  • Continuity of government and other essential services
  • Public health measures
Here's where the situation stands as of October 07, 2020 (check back daily for updates):

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen and compound daily. In the US, we're now in the state of National Emergency which opens up access to billions and possibly trillions in emergency funds for state, local and territorial governments, healthcare and other key organizations to get much needed funding to help them combat the impacts of the virus on their communities and organizations.

We continue to actively monitor the global situation. To date, there have been over 35.9M confirmed cases of Coronavirus with 1,051,138 total deaths worldwide.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Statistics Dashboard

Statistics dashboard courtesy of Johns Hopkins. For live tracker click HERE.

Here’s a few helpful resources to stay up-to-date:

Our advisors have deep expertise with ensuring your community is equipped to handle any crisis. Contact us at contact@wittobriens.com to speak with one of our advisors highlighted below or another Government Solutions expert.

Brad Gair
Brad Gair

Brad Gair, Senior Managing Director for Witt O'Brien's Public Sector, has decades of experience in local, national, and international emergency management and disaster recovery. He is currently leading the $8 billion disaster recovery program for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to joining Witt O'Brien's, Brad had been appointed by former NYC Mayor Bloomberg as the founding Director of the NYC Office of Recovery Operations after Superstorm Sandy, leading all housing recovery efforts. While serving NYC in various roles, Brad developed the $650 million Rapid Repairs Program; led the $2 billion housing recovery program that included repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction plus resiliency improvements for more than 25,000 residents; and coordinated the implementation of a $4.2 billion CDBG-DR program.

Bill Roche
Bill Roche

Bill Roche, Senior FEMA Program Advisor, has deep rooted experience as an emergency manager, leading programs and projects alike in various disaster planning, response and recovery operations. Most recently, Bill served as the Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IX. He has held multiple positions while at DHS and FEMA, including FEMA Region IX Director, Recovery Directorate of the Public Assistance Division, Region IX Infrastructure Branch Chief, and Deputy Public Assistance Officer Northridge Earthquake among others.

Matthew Erchull
Matthew Erchull

Matthew Erchull, Senior Consultant Government Solutions, is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in the development of public policy, program and project management, research, and quantitative analysis focused on assisting State and local governments, NGO’s and Private Non-Profits with federally funded HUD, HHS, FEMA, DHS, EDA, DOT, DOI and DOJ grant programs. This broad experience base enables Matthew to deliver multi-jointed funding strategies to assist impacted communities and organizations with both responding to and recovering from major emergency and disaster events.