With 50 approved plans since 2009, JEO has become a leader in hazard mitigation planning across the United States. In order to continue providing quality services to current and future clients, JEO established the Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Planning (HMEP) department.
Lalit Jha will head the HMEP department. Lalit has been with JEO for 13 years and has 20 years of engineering experience. With a master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering, he is a registered professional engineer and certified floodplain manager. Lalit is also a diplomate, water resources engineer.
“The niche services we currently provide in hazard mitigation planning are largely due to the out of box thinking and efforts of Lalit many years ago”, says JEO’s Chief Operations Officer, Eric Obert. It is also because of this knowledge, expertise, and history with the service that JEO asked Lalit to assume this position.
This HMEP department will continue to focus on hazard mitigation planning services and provide related emergency management planning services to our existing clients, as well as new regional and national clients. The new HMEP department will include senior emergency management and mitigation planner, Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPS, CFM; project manager, Jeff Henson, MCRP, CFM; and support staff of Pakiza Shirinova, Xinyu Fu, Katie Swanson, Joseph Robine, and Race Hodges.
The HMEP department can assist with the identification of grants and funding for both plan development and project implementation. Sources include:
- Federal grant programs from FEMA and other agencies
- Public-private collaborations
- Innovative local funding strategies
Examples of eligible projects include:
- Flood reduction projects
- Property acquisition and structure relocation
- Structure elevation
- Tornado/storm shelters
- Stream bank stabilization
- Wildfire mitigation
- Burying of overhead power lines
- Dry flood proofing
Find out more about JEO’s HMEP department by visiting the HMEP webpage http://jeo.com/hazards/.