Wood today announces the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has selected the Advancing Resilience in Communities (ARC) Joint Venture (JV) to provide consulting and engineering services under FEMA’s Production and Technical Services (PTS) contract. Wood is a major partner on the ARC JV, led by Michael Baker International, and including Moffatt & Nichol, Freese and Nichols, Tetra Tech, NV5 Geospatial, plus more than 20 subconsultants. The JV will execute a five-year, US$300 million maximum value indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to perform PTS activities in FEMA’s Zone 1.
PTS activities will include providing technical expertise to support FEMA's administration of the National Flood Insurance Program, such as generating/evaluating flood hazard and risk information, and supporting the development and application of mitigation, planning, flood mapping and modelling activities. This contract falls under the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration's Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program.
Joe Sczurko, Executive President of Wood’s consulting business, said: “For 20 years, Wood has worked with FEMA to enhance its capabilities and effectiveness for disaster mitigation, emergency management, and environmental compliance responsibilities, across all regions, through a variety of state, regional and local contracts. Winning this JV contract is the result of our efforts to build a national program. We are passionate about risk reduction, developing safer, more resilient communities, and addressing the effects of climate change on the built environment and infrastructure. We are looking forward to partnering with FEMA and our JV partners on this crucial work.”
As part of the Risk MAP program, FEMA works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners across the United States to identify flood risk and promote informed planning and development practices to help reduce that risk. The ARC JV will oversee project management and integration of the mapping projects, hazard mitigation, and disaster support throughout Zone 1, which covers geographic areas affected primarily by north Atlantic storm events, severe winter storms and coastal storm surge. Zone 1 includes the following FEMA regions:
- FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC
- Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
- Region 3: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
- Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin