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Atkins picked for $600m scheme to tackle US disasters

18 Dec 14 The USA’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has appointed a joint venture of Atkins and Stantec to work on a major programme of flood risk mapping and hazard mitigation schemes.

The new, nationwide contract has a maximum value of US$600m (£385m) and runs from 2015 to 2019. It follows on from earlier programmes.

The multi-pronged effort will help communities identify and understand the risks that natural and manmade disasters pose to infrastructure and buildings. The programmes will also help in preparation, response and recovery from disasters through development and redevelopment strategies that incorporate resiliency.

Under one aspect of the programme, FEMA will provide communities with reliable, accessible digital flood risk data that can be used to better assess and plan for flood damage throughout the United States. As part of this effort, the Atkins and Stantec team will collaborate with FEMA and other organisations to better define and mitigate risk from flooding in critical areas nationwide.

Another aspect involves the delivery of professional services for pre- and post-disaster mitigation activities in response to natural events and disasters, including floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, ice storms, and tornadoes, as well as man-made events such as terrorist attacks and pandemics.

A third element will see the joint venture providing engineering services to assess the impacts of natural events and disasters on the built environment to develop and enhance guidance for practitioners to design more resilient structures.

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