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Hurricanes, FEMA and Pavement Preservation: The Panama City Case Study

May 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

On October 10th, 2018, Panama City and adjacent communities were severely impacted as Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm,made landfall. Michael was the fourth most intense Category 5 Hurricane to hit the continental United States. A presidential disaster (4399DR-FL) was declared, and, as a result, the City was eligible for funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. Over the next four and a half years, Panama City has endured the initial impact and recovery that accompanies a disaster of this magnitude. When the City learned that FEMA was reversing their previous program funding approval and denying their claim, there was only one option left. The City appealed to the US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Pavement Preservation played a starring role from both sides and the information contained in this webinar is intended to help agencies throughout any community frequently impacted with these types of disasters.

Hear as City of Panama City staff recount their Hurricane Michael ordeal from top to bottom. Nearly 30% of the City’s road segments experienced significant damage caused by the recovery efforts. Over 20,000 power workers descended on the City as debris removal contracts hauled 5.7 million cubic yards from the City as they lost 80% of their trees to the storm. City staff will share the lessons they learned in dealing with FEMA and the advice they think is critical to their fellow Public Works Professionals.

This is a hyrbid event, with attendees both in-person in Panama City and those online. If you are in Panama City and are interested in attending in-person, please email Chris Evers at chris@floridapavementpreservationcouncil.com. To join virtually, please register at the link below.

Learning Objectives

  1. Listen as Panama City staff recount their experiences of dealing with Hurricane Michael and FEMA.
  2. Hear how Pavement Preservation (or the lack thereof) can save or cost your community millions of dollars of available restoration funding after a major storm.
  3. Listen as we delve into the intricacies of how the City navigated it’s dispute with FEMA and what lessons have been learned during their experience.
  4. Take part by asking the panel your burning questions on hurricane preparedness, recovery and dealing with FEMA.

To learn more, visit: https://floridaltap.org/hurricanes-fema-and-pavement-preservation-the-panama-city-case-study/



May 2, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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