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NORWOOD, Mass. & ALPHARETTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GZA, a leading multi-disciplinary firm, and iParametrics, an emergency management and homeland security consulting firm, today announced that they are assisting five municipalities with securing FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grant funding to reimburse eligible emergency protective measures in response to COVID-19.

The GZA/iParametrics team is helping the Rhode Island municipalities of Providence, Cranston, Cumberland, Narragansett, and Smithfield to recover up to 75% of their costs. These emergency measures include overtime labor, equipment, PPE, and other eligible expenses incurred since January 20, 2020, the incident date for the COVID-19 national emergency declaration.

Throughout the COVID-19 disaster recovery process, the GZA/iParametrics team advises communities on solutions in emergency and risk management, decision and analytical sciences, and government program consulting.

“The depth and breadth of the COVID-19 natural disaster is unique in our lifetimes,’’ said GZA CEO Pat Sheehan. “We are proud to be supporting municipalities in their on-going efforts to both respond to the pandemic and accelerate their return to economic stability.’’

GZA and iParametrics collaborate virtually with clients using secure file sharing websites and virtual meeting technology to help cities and towns collect and collate financial documents, detail the purpose and eligibility of the expenses to FEMA’s guidance and policies, confirm the timeline of purchases, and identify other viable federal grant funding opportunities. GZA and iParametrics work with the client’s emergency management team and address their questions about policies, procedures and eligible costs for the grant. The team benefits from decades of institutional experience working with FEMA.

“We have increased our productivity and efficiency through partnering with GZA while adapting to the new grant procedures and policy guidance from FEMA developed in response to this unprecedented emergency declaration,” says Jeff Stevens, CEM, Vice President of Emergency Management at iParametrics.

As Wayne Cobleigh, GZA’s Vice President of Client Services, explains the partnership: “GZA and iParametrics plan the work and work the plan, creating a detailed documentation approach based on each client’s needs.”

As of July 24, FEMA had obligated $8.7 billion in support of COVID-19 efforts. FEMA support includes emergency food and shelter at $200 million, temporary medical facilities including medical personnel, mortuary and ambulance services at $2.3 billion, and PPE including medical supplies and pharmaceuticals at $2.8 billion. In addition, FEMA’s Public Assistance Emergency Protective Measures is at $1.5 billion for non-PPE and $27 million for commodities.

About GZA

GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing Geotechnical, Environmental, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services. GZA’s more than 670 professionals are based in 30 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes States. Our corporate headquarters is at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information, please call Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications at 781-278-5777 or visit For more information about disaster recovery services, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center, or contact Wayne Cobleigh at 860-250-6790.

About iParametrics

iParametrics is a recognized leader in emergency management, homeland security, program management, and cost engineering. We work on the most complex, cutting-edge problems, offering client-focused solutions aimed at improving resilience. Throughout our history, we have experience in all 50 states and 39 countries.


Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications


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