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Many communities struggle to survive in the aftermath of extreme weather events like Hurricane Ian. State and local budgets can be overwhelmed by restoring services and critical infrastructure.
Millions of dollars of state and federal recovery grants fail to reach disaster-impacted areas due to a lack of awareness about their availability or effective systems to capture required data.
Join Merit’s expert guest panel discussion of how to maximize your FEMA cost recovery dollars this year.
You will leave the event knowing:
- What grants your community may be eligible for
- What activities must be documented during disasters
- Which systems are the most effective for capturing application data
- Why digital FEMA packet documentation maximizes and expedites reimbursement
- How to increase your chances of grant approval
Michael Asimor, CEO of Dynamic International
Michael Asimor, CEO of Dynamic International, a business dedicated to helping the public safety market understand and obtain billions of grant funding dollars. His company’s mission statement is simple: Help the public safety officers, federal law enforcement, and military personnel get home safely to their families and loved ones. Michael helped train and empower over two thousand public safety agencies in the skills necessary to obtain needed grants. He is a sought after public speaker, and has appeared at numerous national and regional conferences on public safety.
Chris Byrne, Fire Chief, City of Marco Island, FL
Chief Chris Byrne's career began in 1983 with the Marco Island Fire Control District. He served as Deputy Fire Chief, then for 33 years with Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. After Hurricane Irma, he became the FEMA liaison, acquiring $10M in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds. Byrne became Fire Chief of the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management, and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science, specializing in Incident Management. Byrne is a licensed paramedic and President of the Collier County Fire Chiefs Association.
Lauren D. Bonica, MEP, FPEM—Moderator
Lauren D. Bonica is a 23-year emergency management expert providing safety and service through whole community, all hazards inclusivity. As Merit Director of Emergency Services, she coordinates efficiency and accountability. Lauren previously served as Human Services Manager for Collier County, Florida Emergency Management, Director of Emergency Management for New Jersey Primary Care Association, Emergency Preparedness Manager for Princeton University, and firefighter with Lawrenceville, NJ Fire Company. Lauren holds a Florida Professional Emergency Manager certificate and is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner focused on migrant, seasonal farm workers, and underrepresented populations.
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