When a disaster strikes, our highest priority is to help those impacted or displaced regain a sense of normalcy and security. We have significant experience assisting our clients and friends in recovering, restoring, and improving critical infrastructure systems in the wake of disasters.
The Van Ness Feldman disaster recovery team is led by former Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), who fought relentlessly and effectively for Louisiana and Gulf Coast recovery assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which both struck in 2005. She served as Chair of the Senate Government Affairs and Homeland Security Committee that established a Disaster Recovery Subcommittee to lead Congressional policy on recovery in the wake of these major storms. In 2012, while still serving in the United States Senate, her assistance was called upon by her colleagues who represented the states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The experience gained by Senator Landrieu and other members of our team allow us to effectively assist localities and states that are confronting disaster relief today. Also on our team is Congressman Norm Dicks (WA), who served on the House Appropriations Committee for over thirty years, and brings unparalleled experience dealing with disaster recovery appropriations.
In addition, our day-to-day practice centers on energy, environmental infrastructure and public policy, with a special focus on federal issues. This focus lends an in depth knowledge and understanding of the operations of municipalities, cities, and businesses facing the daunting task of rebuilding. Through our experience with disaster recovery and our understanding of key programs, personnel, and processes in the federal government, we guide and support clients seeking relief and long-term restoration. We also recognize that when recovering from a disaster there is the opportunity to not only replace, but also substantially improve critical systems and infrastructure to provide resilience and storm protection for the future. We believe that well-conceived restoration improvements can enhance the quality of life of communities and prepare for future threats.