EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES (EMS)

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The prospect of disaster is often too abstract to plan for, but what if you could know potential effects before they even happen? Imagine if you could know which facilities are damaged and to what extent, where flooding and debris make roads impassable, which signals are damaged, what hospitals were no longer accepting patients, and even the location of all fire and police personnel. Now, imagine all of this information – and more – in a single, real-time situation map that is accessible within a few hours of the disaster.


At Metric Engineering, we help our clients through all aspects of an emergency. Our modeling and simulation services allow government agencies to test "what-if" scenarios without the cost and time required for live simulations, deployments, and tests. And after an event has occurred, our multi-disciplined workforce helps with damage assessment, recovery, and even procuring reimbursements.

Through the years, we've managed hundreds of millions of dollars in the emergency contracts for the Florida DOT in some of the nation's largest storms. We're poised for dealing with the whole disaster lifecycle, from mitigation planning and debris monitoring to grant application and management.



THROUGH CRIPPLING ICE STORMS AND TROPICAL HURRICANES, WE HELP OUR CLIENTS WITH THE FOLLOWING PORTFOLIO OF EMS SERVICES:
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  • Emergency Preparedness Program Development
  • Comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • ITS & Technology Solutions
  • GIS/Modeling/Backup Communications & Data Services
  • Pre-Event Policy & Strategy Consultations
  • Situational Awareness & Readiness Planning
  • Transportation & Evacuation Planning Assistance
  • Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessments
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  • Coordination Assistance with Local, State, & Federal Agencies
  • Supply & Equipment Logistics
  • Mobile Command & Control Center
  • Debris Monitoring & Removal Management
  • Funding Identification & Recovery Grant Assistance & Management
  • Post-Disaster Policy & Strategy Consultations
  • Evaluation of Losses Avoided Through Mitigation
  • FEMA Modeling for Loss Estimation
  • Public Involvement & Educational Services
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    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING - TEXAS GLO
    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING
    (BIG REEF, ROLLOVER BAY NATURE PARK AND EAST LAGOON, TEXAS)
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Big Reef Nature Park: Metric monitored the removal of debris from the 210 acres of environmentally sensitive areas including jurisdictional wetlands and tidal ponds. Construction matting was placed and a pathway of over 5,000 thousand feet was created to extract the debris from the environmentally sensitive areas. This project was coordinated with the GLO, FEMA, City of Galveston, USFWS, SHPO and the USAGE.

    Rollover Bay: Metric monitored the removal of debris from approximately 300 acres of the bay and shoreline. The debris included multiple vehicles, septic tanks, fuel tanks, white goods, household hazards, and C/D. Prior to removing the debris, Metric collected GPS coordinates and placed markers to identify environmentally sensitive areas. Due to environmental guidelines, Metric recommended the use of marsh buggies with extended grapples to extract the debris from the bay and a rubber tracked carrier to haul the debris to the designated staging area. Once in the staging area the debris was segregated, the metals were sent to a recycling center and the remaining debris was loaded into certified trucks for Rollover Bay and transported to a nearby landfill. This project was coordinated with the GLO, FEMA, USAGE, USFWS, SHPO, THC, NMFS, NOAA, and TCEQ.

    East Lagoon: Metric monitored the removal of debris from more than 200 acres of wetlands and tidal pools inside the Big Reef Nature Park. The storm generated debris was removed by placing approximately 7,000 feet of construction matting throughout the lagoon to accommodate the heavy equipment needed to remove the debris. A staging area was approved through the TECQ and permitting for the matting was obtained through the Army Corps of Engineers. Right of entry was obtained from the City of Galveston and NOAA.



    SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Debris Monitoring
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    ClientCLIENT:
    Texas General Land Office
    DatesPROJECT DATES:

    December 2008 - March 2010

    Construction CostCONST. COST:
    N/A
    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING - TxDOT
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    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING, TEXAS
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Metric serves as an extension and partner to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and provides a full service debris monitoring staff including collection and disposal site monitors, permitting and environmental specialists, administrative staff, and state-of-the art technology necessary to successfully complete the debris disposal operation. We monitor contractor operations for proper truck certification and load eligibility for FEMA and NRCS reimbursement and continuously strive to find operational and innovative ways to control costs, reduce waste, eliminate fraud, and maximize reimbursement. Metric also prepared Project Worksheets and DDIR’s including preparation of the Summary of Documentation for PW’s and DDIR’s.



    SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Debris Monitoring
  • Boat Removal
  • Ticket Verification Program
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  • Private Property Debris Removal
  • Ditch Cleaning
  • ClientCLIENT:
    Texas DOT
    DatesPROJECT DATES:

    December 2008 - March 2010

    Construction CostCONST. COST:
    N/A
    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING - TEXAS PARK
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    HURRICANE IKE DISASTER DEBRIS AND RECOVERY MONITORING
    (SAN JACINTO SHIP STORE AND GALVESTON ISLAND STATE PARK, TEXAS)
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    San Jacinto Ship Store: Metric monitored the demolition and removal of the 4800 square foot commercial building located inside the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site used to sell merchandise and memorabilia. During the demolition of the buildings’ foundation a TPWD archeologist was present to establish if any artifacts of historical value were unearthed. After inspecting the area in which the foundation was removed, no artifacts were found. The building was demolished and the debris was sent to a recycling center or landfill and the slab area was backfilled and compacted.

    Galveston Island State Park: The 2,013.1-acre state park located in the City of Galveston suffered extensive damage and was covered with storm generated debris. Metric monitored the removal of debris from the wetlands and an Indian cultural site utilizing environmentally friendly, heavy equipment matting. Approximately eighty concrete picnic shelters were completely buried and had to be located utilizing hand-held GPS devices and metal detectors. After they were located the structures were unearthed, demolished, and removed from the state park. The remaining damaged structures were demolished and removed from the state park using heavy equipment including bull dozers and large excavators. Metric also monitored the removal and screening of approximately one to three feet of sand from a two mile section of the beach. Sand was also removed from the parking areas, screened, and utilized to create dunes on the beach. Metric ensured that all aspects of this project were performed within specific guidelines of TXDOT, TPWD, TCEQ, SHPO, THC and the USAGE.



    SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Debris Monitoring
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    ClientCLIENT:
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
    DatesPROJECT DATES:

    December 2008 - March 2010

    Construction CostCONST. COST:
    N/A
    TROPICAL STORM FAY DISASTER RESPONSE DEBRIS MONITORING SERVICES - LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA
    Project Photo
    TROPICAL STORM FAY DISASTER RESPONSE DEBRIS MONITORING SERVICES - LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Debris estimating and monitoring services for all FDOT On, Off and Interstate Systems in Leon County. Our contract included the initial “cut and toss” (clearing) operations, as well as all monitoring and documenting of pay quantities for debris, C&D, leaning tree and hanging limb removal, and white goods for FHWA, FDOT, and FEMA. Metric provided all of the project administration and monitoring of debris removal for over 100 miles of roadway. We verified pay quantities for contractor payment on a bi-weekly basis. Maintaining GIS Enterprise database (Microsoft Access) for reconciliation of tickets and contract quantities and load tickets. Metric also prepared the Summary of Documentation for PW’s and DDIR’s costs incurred by FDOT.



    SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Debris Monitoring
  • Clearing Operations
  • Project Management
  • Invoice Reconciliation
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    ClientCLIENT:
    FDOT - District 3
    DatesPROJECT DATES:

    August 2008 - September 2010

    Construction CostCONST. COST:
    N/A
    TROPICAL STORM FAY DISASTER RESPONSE DEBRIS MONITORING SERVICES - ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA
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    TROPICAL STORM FAY DISASTER RESPONSE DEBRIS MONITORING SERVICES - ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Metric worked closely with the Village to determine what assistance relating to the disaster was available to the Village, aiding specifically with the FEMA and FHWA appeals process. Other duties including scheduling contractor crews and managing all aspects of the debris removal process. Metric was able to advise the Village of appropriate action plans and maintain proper and adequate documentation using its Automated Debris Management System (ADMS) to produce electronic load tickets, as well as paper ones, which were downloaded into a GIS database which was accessible to client, provide operational mapping, invoice reconciliation on a daily basis. This was extremely helpful during FEMA’s field inspection and documenting eligibility of the debris.



    SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Project Management
  • Damage Assessment
  • Debris Monitoring
  • Invoice Reconciliation
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    ClientCLIENT:
    FDOT - District 6
    DatesPROJECT DATES:

    August 2008 - September 2010

    Construction CostCONST. COST:
    N/A