Disaster management

Helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters

Your partner on the ground

Katrina. Sandy. Maria. Harvey. For over 20 years, we’ve been on the ground for some of the most significant natural disasters in U.S. history. Our diverse and passionate teams have decades of experience working with federal, state and local officials to effectively manage complex recovery projects. From immediate recovery to long-term rebuild and preparation that makes communities more resilient in the face of future storms. With a demonstrated track record of results. And unmatched expertise that helped to write the federal guidelines for disaster recovery compliance.

Making a difference in the lives of residents and increasing the speed at which communities can bounce back is some of the most important work we will ever do. If you’re in the path of a disaster, ICF can serve as your trusted partner—helping you navigate the federal recovery funding landscape to get the relief you need, and showing you how to apply every dollar to make your community stronger and more resilient.


Puerto Rico

With over 90% local staff, we obligated $1.9B in FEMA funding in the first year, more than any other disaster in U.S. history.

Texas General Land Office

We support the project management, technical assistance, and financial services of the agency’s CDBG-DR program, enabling home rehabilitation or reconstruction. We have helped meet the goal of having over 100 construction completions and 500 NTPs by the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County, Texas

Following major flooding, we stood up 5 fixed Intake Centers and 5 Mobile intake teams within 45 days of contract award.

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Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey

Employing hundreds of locally based and impacted staff, we mobilized recovery and rebuilding efforts to restore infrastructure and communities.

Program expertise


  • Housing
  • Buyouts
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic Revitalization
  • Using CDBG-DR as match


  • Public Assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance
    • HMGP (404)
    • Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
    • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
  • Individual Assistance
  • Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGS)

Additional funding

We help clients maximize the full suite of federal recovery funding dollars including FHWA, EPA, HHS, and SBA.



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  • Training and technical assistance
  • Planning
  • Hazards and risk analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Adaptation and resilience solutions
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Program design

  • Determining the administrative model
  • Building staff capacity
  • Connecting the need with the appropriate solution whether it’s:
    • Housing
    • Buyout
    • Infrastructure resilience
    • Economic revitalization
    • Workforce development
    • Public Services
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Program management

  • Communications and outreach
  • Environmental reviews and historic preservation
  • Intake and eligibility determination
  • Project formulation
  • Grants and case management
  • Procurement and contract management
  • Strategies for combining federal recovery sources
  • Relocation services
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Compliance and monitoring

In the news


Getting Ready for Federal Disaster Mitigation Money

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New Jersey Extends ICF’s Contract to Support State Disaster Relief Efforts

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HUD Selects ICF To Provide Community Development and Capacity Building Assistance

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ICF to Acquire DMS Disaster Consultants

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To Buyout or Not: What We Learned From Floods in Pennsylvania

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Before the Flood: How to Plan and Design Proactive Buyout Programs That Work

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How the Internet of Things Can Prepare Cities for Natural Disasters

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Explore insights

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Insurance and FEMA—how to get (and keep) federal funding: White paper

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Let's see if a CDBG-DR activity will qualify for LMI area benefit (LMA)!

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Property Exposure Report Template

Keep track of your assets and be prepared for any disaster—with our free property exposure report template.

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The changing landscape of disaster management

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How to build a resilient and sustainable U.S. public infrastructure

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Decoding the Latest Single-Family Housing CDBG-DR Requirements

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