Michael Baker Corporation announced that Michael Baker Jr., Inc., its engineering unit, has been selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, as firm to negotiate a contract to serve as the Program Manager to develop, plan, manage, implement, and monitor the Multi-Hazard Flood Map Modernization (MHFMM) Program for flood hazard mitigation across the United States and its territories. The maximum contract value is $750 million over five years. Baker’s “Mapping On Demand” team will help FEMA to work with state, local, and other Federal partners to develop digital flood hazard data for the entire United States. The contract will be performance-based in order to align program success with FEMA’s strategic and program objectives.Four key program components include:
— Development of a geospatial data collection and delivery system within 90 days of the final contract award to manage flood hazard data and, in the future, multi-hazard data.
— Establishment of a continually improving Program Management Office to direct and monitor program activities.
— Expansion of support for community partners through technical support, training, and incentives for program participation.
— Providing risk communications to educate the public about reducing their vulnerability to floods and other hazards.
The program will build on the foundation for the multi-hazard data layer of the Geospatial One-Stop portal, providing a single source of geospatial data for the nation.