The History of FEMA: How did it begin?

The History of FEMA: How did it begin?

What is FEMA?

FEMA which stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency created to respond to, plan for, recover from, and mitigate against disaster—natural or man-made. In any in part of the country of the United States. The agency is tasked with the mandate to report to the president. Also to suggests ways to arrest or resolve emergency issues.

When was the FEMA created?

The origin of FEMA as an agency can be traced to the congressional Act of 1803. It was the first Act that considers legislation on disaster because it gave assistance to a town in New Hampshire which suffered from extensive fire damage. However, the century that precedes 1803 saw an Ad Hoc legislation that passed over 100 times as a response to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and such other natural disasters.

Further historical perspective of FEMA

During the 1930s, the federal government started to approach the problems of natural disasters, and such concern became popular. Consequently, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was given the green light to make disaster loans.  This consisted of the repair and reconstruction of certain public facilities, in the aftermath of an earthquake, and followed by other types of disasters.

Aerial view of the after math of San Fernando Earthquake 1971

San Fernando Earthquake 1971

In 1934, authority was given to the Bureau of Public Roads to fund the reconstruction of highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters. Another Act known as the Flood Control Act was passed. It gave the US Army Corps of Engineers extensive authority to implement flood control projects. However, there were some lapses and problems plaguing the effective utilization of this piecemeal approach. It calls for the need for a legislation to enhance greater cooperation between government agencies.

Massive disasters were recorded in the 1960s and early 1970s, which led to the formation of the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration.  It is an agency established within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). However, the impact of other natural disasters such as the hurricane Carla in 1962, the San Fernando earthquake in 1971 and hurricane Agnes in 1972, led to more agitation for a better agency. There were calls to decrease the numbers of agencies task with disaster management,  President Jimmy Carter was asked to centralize federal emergency functions. These led to an executive order in 1979 creating the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The first director of FEMA was John Macy.

Mission of the agency

FEMA’s mission is to support first responders and citizen of the United States.  To help build and improve the capability to prepare for, respond to, protect against, recover from and mitigate all forms of hazards.

FEMA’s performance today

people gathering to obtain water from FEMA after hurricane maria

Hurricane Maria

FEMA, still operating within the Department of Home Land Security, has been very active in coordinating the federal government response to natural and man-made disasters. Since its inception, the agency has been of great help to local and state government in tackling various hazards. Although FEMA has undergone lots of changes to increase its effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office is still recording lapses in the agency’s overall performance.

Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, 8(a) Minority, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.

DynaGrace Enterprises Moves to New Location in Morgan, Utah

DynaGrace Enterprises Moves to New Location in Morgan, Utah

Sometimes, it is just time.  Time to move!

Mother and Daughter Team in Morgan, Utah Picture by: Britney Brent

Mother and Daughter Team in Morgan, Utah Picture by: Britney Brent

DynaGrace Enterprises Moves to New Location in Morgan, Utah

DynaGrace Enterprises Moves to New Location in Morgan, Utah Picture by: Britney Brent

DynaGrace Enterprises has moved out of a home-based office into a commercial building in Morgan, Utah.  We have determined our growth opportunities need a storefront, and for other legal and regulatory reasons, we moved into a beautiful, rural, commercial, building that allows us to be more successful.

We love having a place where prospective clients routinely visit to make a decision to purchase our services.  We feel we are definitely more professional in a commercial office.

We were limited on space for doing the services that we really want to do such as website design, publishing books, STEM activities for children and a podcast studio.

And well…after 12 years working at home it was time to be more productive in a different environment.  Focus and staying on task are the theme for DynaGrace Enterprises in 2018.

Physically leaving home to go to an office helps us be more efficient and produce more.

We have a pure team environment now with Jennifer Remund, Machelle Lowry and myself, Linda Rawson collaborating on upcoming projects.  We have already jumped into the business community by attending Women In Business events put on by the Northfront Business Resource Center.  We participated in the first-ever Festival of Trees put on by the Morgan Chamber of Commerce.

We have a singular mission, and that is to make DynaGrace Enterprises a Women-Owned, rural, powerhouse for professional business services.

We are an example of the less than one percent in the State of Utah, and we are here to stay and prosper.

Come by and say hello.

The new address is 298 E 300 N, Morgan, Ut  84050.  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

DynaGrace Enterprises, Morgan, Utah Picture by: Britney Brent

DynaGrace Enterprises, Morgan, Utah Picture by: Britney Brent

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Linda Rawson Of Dynagrace Enterprises Launches Kickstarter Campaign for STEM Weather Board Game

Linda Rawson Of Dynagrace Enterprises Launches Kickstarter Campaign for STEM Weather Board Game

Whacky Weather Board Game

Whacky Weather Board Game

Kickstarter Launch

Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises – an 8(a), WOSB, Information Technology and writing services company, has launched a Kickstarter Campaign.  The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) board game is titled WeatherEgg Kids:  Whacky Weather Board Game.  The board game will help raise funds for her invention, called Weatheregg™ and teach children about weather.

Linda was born in a small farming community in Utah.  She was raised by her mother, who was a single mom raising five children. Her mother never went to college and did not have any dreams of owning her own business.  Because of this, Linda thinks it is essential for children, especially girl children, to acquire more knowledge and skills in STEM.

“It is a great privilege to bring a small piece of science to children in the hopes that they become our scientists of the future,” stated Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises. “DynaGrace Enterprises has been heavily involved in Department of Defense Information Technology work.  The WeatherEgg™ is an invention that is almost to fruition.  To fund that invention, I created another invention. One that helps children learn science. In particular, weather science.”

What about STEM?

With the onset of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum in education, science needs to be fun.  The WeatherEgg™ kids, animated 3D humanoid characters, make weather science fun.  Sweet, loveable, Holley Humidity, moody Peggy Pressure, mischievous Wesley Wind, and the hero Tommy Temperature can cause quite a storm.  The WeatherEgg Kids will appear in a mobile application and a web application to teach children about weather.

DynaGrace Enterprises hopes to lead the field in teaching children about the weather.  DynaGrace Enterprises continues to support a path of growth while maintaining a reputation as a provider of Information Technology and writing services.

Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 800-676-0058.  Please learn more about WeatherEgg by visiting WeatherEgg.com.

The official Kickstarter link is here -> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/522610746/weatheregg-kids-whacky-weather-board-game

The official Press release is here -> https://www.pr.com/press-release/735638

DynaGrace Enterprises Recognized as Utah Patriot Partner

DynaGrace Enterprises Recognized as Utah Patriot Partner

DynaGrace Enterprises Accepting Patriot Partner Award

DynaGrace Enterprises Accepting Patriot Partner Award

DynaGrace Enterprises – an 8(a), WOSB, Information Technology and Technical Writing Company, has been recognized as a Utah Patriot Partner.

The program is pioneered by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to encourages Utah businesses to hire Veterans as a first choice to unlock job creation for our country’s veterans.

DynaGrace Enterprises is one of the most recent beneficiaries of the Utah Patriot Partnership. DynaGrace Enterprises’s President and CEO, Linda Rawson and Vice President, Jennifer Remund accepted the award from Eden Johnson, a hardworking, professional Veterans’ representative and Workforce Development Specialist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Eden helped DynaGrace Enterprises with some recent job openings. DynaGrace Enterprises contacted her to utilize job programs in which they could hire veterans first. Linda Rawson is committed to providing Veterans with a way forward after serving our country. Job seeking Veterans can be found by accessing Utah’s online Job Connection service. Eden helped with the wording, publishing, and distribution of the job announcement.
DynaGrace Enterprises accepted the challenge from Governor Herbert to pledge their support for returning heroes and not only considered but wanted Utah Veterans for the recent job openings. DynaGrace Enterprises joined other Utah businesses to hire and support Veterans returning from the world’s battlefields.

“It is a great privilege to be recognized in the Utah Patriot Partnership Program,” stated Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises. “DynaGrace Enterprises has been heavily involved in Department of Defense work and is moving full forward in a growth opportunity. The Utah Department of Workforce services is providing the mechanism, additional insight, and resources needed to acquire employees who are veterans. Veterans have been taught discipline and structure. They show up on time and do their job. This is a win-win for both the employee and the company.”

DynaGrace Enterprises Patriot Partner Award

DynaGrace Enterprises Patriot Partner Award

Programs, like the Utah Patriot Partnership, are making a difference. In a July 2017 report published by the Department of Labor, the Veteran unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent last July, and the lowest July rate since 2001 (not seasonally adjusted, 20 years and over). In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for July 2017 was 4.2 percent.

Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 888-676-0058.

The official Press Release is here -> DynaGrace Enterprises Recognized as Utah Patriot Partner

DynaGrace Enterprises awarded 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

DynaGrace Enterprises awarded 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

GSA STARS II GWAC

GSA STARS II GWAC

DynaGrace Enterprises, Inc. (8a, WOSB, SDB), a trusted partner with the Federal Government, has been awarded the 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC).

The 8(a) STARS II GWAC is a competitive multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) set-aside contract vehicle for small businesses that participate in the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program.  The efficient, flexible way to order Information Technology services and solutions worldwide, while accruing 8(a) socioeconomic credit, provides Federal agencies a simpler method for procurement of services.  Because DynaGrace Enterprises is also a 100% Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), the agencies get credit in multiple areas.

The 8(a) STARS II GWAC program has a five-year base with one five-year option.  It has a $10 billion program ceiling and facilitates sole-source, also known as directed award, task orders up to $4 million each.

DynaGrace Enterprises has been selected under Functional Area NAICS codes; (FA1) NAICS 541511 – Custom Computer Programming Services, (FA2) NAICS 541512 – Computer Systems Design Services, and (FA4) NAICS 541519 – Other Computer Related Services.   DynaGrace Enterprises was selected based on cost and non-cost factors including the Contract Administration Plan (CAP), Marketing Action Plan (MAP), Past Performance, Price, and Responsibility.

Linda Rawson, President, and CEO of DynaGrace Enterprises said, “We have been anticipating this award for over two years. We have heard and read many success stories about companies that have prospered by using this GWAC effectively.  DynaGrace Enterprises is ready to capitalize on this contracting vehicle and to leverage the streamlined procurement path to serve our federal customers better.  We really appreciate the General Services Administration (GSA) for creating contract vehicles like the 8(a) STARS II GWAC to assure small business continues to lead innovation in meeting government technology challenges.”

DynaGrace Enterprises is an advanced IT services company delivering high-quality, high-value solutions to the Federal Government in the areas of Information Technology, System Integration, Cybersecurity and Writing services.   DynaGrace Enterprises has the vision to provide pristine service while making the contracting process simple.  The company was founded on the belief that in service to the Federal Government and Commercial clients, we have a critical obligation to the American people, to perform at the highest level for the good of the country.

Customers can learn more about DynaGrace Enterprises by visiting the company’s website at DynaGrace.com or by calling the company directly at 800-676-0058.

The official press release is here -> http://www.pr.com/press-release/720563

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