Disaster Response and Resilience

Contract vehicles: Abt holds many relevant contracts across a range of federal agencies.
You can see them here.


Abt Associates has extensive expertise and experience helping to prepare for, evaluate the impact of, and recover from disasters – hurricanes and oil spills among them. Our technical assistance and evaluation experts have: 


Abt's Approach

Speed counts when anticipating or responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Abt offers comprehensive, nimble, and rapid support to federal agencies, regional organizations, states and other clients. We use a holistic approach to respond to and effectively manage health, social and environmental outcomes. 
• Environment
• Health
• Housing & Communities
• Technology
• Transportation
• Vulnerable Populations
• Workforce/Economic Impact

• Communications
• Emergency and post-emergency monitoring and surveillance
• Hazard/risk assessment and mitigation
• Recovery planning, management, and evaluation
• Satellite, aerial, and drone-based remote mapping support
• Survey research and data management
• Technical assistance and implementation



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Contact: Paul Anninos | 301.634.1844

Relevant contract vehicles


Our Experts

Karim Belhadjali Jamie Holmes Diana Lane  
Karim Belhadjadli Jamie Holmes Diana Lane  
David Mills Selena Ramkeesoon
Andrea Hassol Selena Ramkeesoon Christopher Spera
Alvaro Cortes Meryl Finkel Mary Joel Holin  
Alvaro Cortes Meryl Finkel Mary Joel Holin  
Michael W. Link      
Alvaro Cortes  
Alvaro Cortes Brooke Spellman Christopher Spera  
Jacob Klerman Karin Martinson    


Contract Vehicles



Contract: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Support Services
Contract holder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD)
Services provided under this vehicle:
  • Emergency response to spills (primarily oil spills, but any event compensable under OPA or CERCLA is eligible)
  • Comprehensive natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) support
  • Marine debris research
  • Coastal imagery analysis
Contact: Jamie Holmes,, 303-381-8246
Contract: Regulation, Evaluation, and Technical Support for the Office of Emergency Management
Contract holder: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
This mission support contract covers all of OEM’s major programmatic areas:
  • Oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response
  • Risk management and chemical accident prevention
  • Community, regional, national, and international planning and preparedness
  • Emergency response and removals.
Within those programmatic areas, we will provide support for:
  • Technical reviews and analyses
  • Regulatory development
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Training, communication, and outreach
  • Web communication
  • Program evaluation
  • Planning and administration.
In addition to our policy and regulatory expertise, our team includes four firms with operational emergency management experience.
Contact: Debra Fleischer,, 301-347-5396
Contract: Social Science Support Services
Contract holder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management (OCM)
This contracting vehicle provides a fast and easy way for all of NOAA and other federal government entities to acquire social science services from the private sector, with products developed to be used to support local, regional, and national coastal management issues. Example projects include:
  • Economic impact, risk assessment and communication
  • Facilitation, focus groups, and survey support
  • Evaluation
  • Needs assessments and social assessments
  • Audience, institutional, and policy analysis.
Under this contract we are currently supporting the National Hurricane Center on the testing of their new Arrival of Tropical Storm Wind graphic that is live now for this hurricane season.
Contact: Susan Taylor,, 301-634-1755
Contract: Economic Analysis Services
Contract holder: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Under this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Abt provides support to all bureaus and services within DOI on:
  • Economic and policy analysis
  • Natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) and restoration
  • National environmental policy act (NEPA) support
  • Endangered species critical habitat designations
  • Rulemaking support.
Contact: Kaylene Ritter,, 303-381-8243
Contract: Water Resources Analytical and Professional Support Services
Contract holder: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR)
Under this contract Abt provides technical and professional support services for the USACE IWR, including policy and analytical support in the areas of:
  • Flood risk management
  • Emergency planning
  • Inland and deep water navigation
  • Water supply
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Hydropower.
Professional services provided include:
  • Economic and financial analyses
  • Hydrology and hydrologic modelling
  • Surveys
  • Strategic communications
  • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement
  • Decision support system development.
Contact: Gerald Stedge,, 301-347-5122


Contract: HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program
Contract holder: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD)
Services provided under this vehicle:  Direct technical assistance and capacity building activities, including needs assessment, developing tools and products, training, data analysis and knowledge management provided under this vehicle (on demand/response basis) in the following technical areas:
  • Disaster resilience
  • Community and economic development
  • Affordable housing and homeownership
  • Homelessness
  • Public housing operations
  • Supportive housing and services
  • Fair housing, energy and environment
Contact: Brooke Spellman, 301-634-1816


Contract: CDC OADC Communications BPA
Contract holder: Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC)
Under this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Abt provides support to all Centers and Divisions within CDC on:
  • Emergency and risk communication
  • Social marketing and communication campaigns
  • Formative research, audience analysis and evaluation
  • Information dissemination and materials development
  • Digital/social media, websites, mobile apps, and data visualization
  • Media strategy and advertising
  • Partnerships and stakeholder engagement
Contact: Selena Ramkeesoon,, 301-347-5789
Contract: Advancing Public Health Impact through Policy (APHIP) Domain 1 – Policy Analysis
Contract holder: Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)
Under this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Abt provides support to all Centers and Divisions within CDC on:
  • Policy and economic analyses
  • Stakeholder engagement, assessment and analysis
  • Policy dissemination through communication, capacity building, training, and technical assistance
Contact: Chris Spera,, (301) 347-5950
Contract: Advancing Public Health Impact through Research (APHIR) BPA
Contract holder: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Under this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Abt provides support, HHS-wide, on:
  • Research and demonstration projects
  • Policy assessment
  • Program assessment and evaluation
  • Consultation and technical assistance
  • Strategic planning
  • Technical writing, editing and document support
  • Workshop, conferences and meeting support
Contact: Chris Spera,, (301) 347-5950
Contract: CDC Surveys Fit for Purpose: Monitoring and Evaluating the Nation’s Public Health and Prevention Programs BPA
Contract holder: Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)
Under this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Abt provides support, CDC-wide on:
  • Conducting surveys and operational methods studies
  • Providing TA on survey development and methods
  • Developing and/or supporting recruitment for and maintenance of survey panels for public health programs not supported by other studies
Contact: Chris Spera,, (301) 347-5950