Disaster Recovery Experts

Berquist Recovery Consulting

Our disaster recovery consulting specialists provide expert disaster preparation, response, recovery, mitigation, and appeals support to eligible FEMA Public Assistance applicants in their most challenging times. Since 2012, Berquist Recovery Consulting (BRC) has been working before, during, and after disasters with State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments, hospitals, police, fire, utility authorities, wastewater plants, landfills, colleges, universities, schools, not-for-profits and more. Berquist Recovery Consulting helps ensure adequate funding and plans are in place to prepare for and efficiently recover from an emergency, mitigating loss of life and damage to property. Our disaster recovery consultants combine disaster operations best practices with the grant funding expertise your entity needs for disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Berquist Recovery Consulting team actively engaged in post-disaster cleanup operations, highlighting the effectiveness of disaster recovery efforts.

Disaster Recovery Experts

Helping Communities

Our disaster recovery consulting teams have been trusted partners for communities across the United States. We help obtain the disaster funding your entity needs, without the frustration.

Berquist Recovery Consulting understands how frustrating and overwhelming the FEMA Public Assistance funding and reimbursement process can be for public entities. Unexpected events and natural disasters can physically, emotionally and financially devastate a community, including its citizens, leadership, public services and critical infrastructure. That’s why we are committed to helping your entity prepare for the unexpected and effectively respond should natural or man-made disaster strike. From preparedness grants to FEMA grant closeouts and appeals years after an event, our distinguished team of disaster recovery consultants will be your trusted partner through every step of the disaster planning and recovery process.

Our Services

Berquist Recovery Consulting knows that disasters are the most challenging times for community leaders. From emergency protective measures to save lives and property, debris cleanup, rebuilding and mitigation, local leaders have an overwhelming amount of responsibility in addition to their normal personal and professional lives. Dealing with the federal government creates unnecessary stress and frustration due to revolving staff, changing requirements, arduous documentation regulations, and prolonged timelines that can drag on for years. Partnering with a team of trusted disaster recovery consultants like Berquist Recovery Consulting makes the preparation, response and recovery process easier for all stakeholders (and the costs are often reimbursable).







Pandemic Response

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges and costs for public entities, and a unique set of rules for reimbursements. We'll help maximize your reimbursement.

BRIC Grants

The BRIC program give states, local communities, tribes and territories funding to address future risks to natural disasters, including: wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and flooding. We'll help apply for and manage your grants.

FEMA Public Assistance

Maximize reimbursements and compliance for debris cleanup, emergency protective measures, repair and rebuilding of infrastructure including roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, utilities, parks, and administrative expenses.

Insurance Recovery

FEMA funding is generally after all insurance has been exhausted. Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. Having a Berquist consultant in your corner can make the process less stressful.

Debris Management

Having a debris management plan in place before a disaster increases the federal cost share of reimbursements and helps your community get back on its feet quicker with passable roads, fewer hazards and visual recovery progress.


Procurement issues are one of the most common reasons that FEMA rejects or denies cost reimbursements. Ensuring proper plans exist and are followed is critical to preventing de-obligations and adverse audit findings.

Emergency Protective Measures and Sheltering

Preserving life and protecting property are critical after an event, with first responders, volunteers and others pitching in to help. Ensuring proper procedures are followed saves lives and facilitates reimbursements afterwards.

Damage Scoping and Cost Estimation

From properly scoping damaged facilities to preparing cost estimates that leave room for the unexpected, we know the best approaches for obtaining the funding you need to repair and rebuild.

Floodplain Rules

Floodplain rules impact everything from debris cleanup reimbursements to requirements for elevation and mitigation of critical infrastructure. Violating these rules can jeopardize funding and put your community at risk.

406 Hazard Mitigation and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Hazard Mitigation is a vital component of disaster recovery. It aims to prevent the same issues from reoccurring in the future. The process involves complex justifications including Benefit-Cost Analysis calculations.

Direct Administrative Cost Recovery

Direct Administrative Costs, abbreviated as "DAC," are costs incurred to obtain and manage federal funding with proper documentation and controls. Cost recovery enables us to reduce the overall out of pocket expenses of an applicant.

Closeouts, Appeals and Arbitration

Long after an event is over, the closeout process with FEMA and your state will tally final expenses and ensure all required documentation is in place. Appeals are crucial to ensuring our clients receive what is truly theirs from the available programs. We'll be your voice in appeals and arbitration.

Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA)

Our team members were instrumental in administering and implementing the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SIRA) of 2013 which offers applicants more flexibility in obtaining funding.

Section 428 Capped Grant Projects

Our president played a vital role in executing the implementation of the 428 Public Assistance Pilot Program, giving our team an exceptional understanding of the program's inner workings.

General Disaster Planning and Policy Advice

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