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Benefits of Rebuilding Management
Working Smarter to Rebuild Communities ... and Lives

Natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, destroy not only homes and lives—but whole communities. The magnitude of destruction can be devastating. Relief organizations have always taken a leading role in helping to rebuild lives and communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. Yet, when hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed, and over a million people have been displaced and are scattered across the country, even relief organizations could use help to rebuild. In response to the need for coordination, collaboration, cooperation, and communication in disaster situations, communities across the United States are creating long-term recovery organizations (LTROs).

LTROs coordinate the efforts of local relief organizations to eliminate duplication and establish effective case management. Rebuilding Management joins forces with LTROs to rebuild communities swiftly and efficiently. Rebuilding Management is a robust construction-management system that automates and industrializes the rebuilding process. With years of knowledge and experience in the construction industry built into the system, Rebuilding Management makes project management virtually foolproof. It coordinates the efforts of not only local relief organizations but also local subcontractors and materials suppliers. Recovery organizations using the Rebuilding Management system manage construction projects like pros, resulting in lower construction costs, higher quality construction, and faster production.

The System at a Glance

Rebuilding Management is an Internet-based system.  There’s no software to download; no need to continually upgrade; and no fear of losing data.  The system is available 24 hours a day, and users can access the system wherever there’s Internet connectivity.Features that set Rebuilding Management apart from other systems include:

§         Property-damage assessment
Guides the surveyor (see Construction Management Team section below) through the property-damage assessment using detailed instructions and checklists, ensuring all aspects of the assessment are covered.  Survey summary includes uploaded photos and floor plans.

§         Cost estimating
Automatically generates cost estimates and project proposals, eliminating the need to do this manually.  Packages include a complete list of materials, a detailed proposal, a preliminary work schedule, a fee schedule, and an estimated total cost.

§         Material and contractor bidding
Automatically creates detailed requests for quotes, and sends those requests to qualified vendors.  Compiles vendor submissions for homeowner review.

§         Purchase and work orders
Electronically submits purchase orders and work orders to designated vendors, eliminating piles of paperwork.  Maintains orders in database for easy retrieval.

§         Scheduling and labor management
Provides structured, easy-to-manage schedules that cover every stage of the construction process.  Schedule changes automatically cascade down through the schedule, adjusting all subsequent tasks.

§         Construction management
Guides the homeowner construction representative (see Construction Management Team section below) through the work-verification process using detailed checklists, ensuring all tasks have been performed satisfactorily.  Generates status reports with photos.

§         Communications
Keeps team members, homeowners, subcontractors, and material suppliers up to date with automatic notifications, eliminating the need to call everyone individually.

§         Vendor database
Enables LTROs and their organizations to create a directory of qualified, local subcontractors and materials suppliers.  The “vendor” database can also be used to store information on individuals and companies willing to donate time or materials to those in need.

§         Online catalog
Allows homeowners to select building materials (such as flooring, paint, and lighting fixtures) without ever leaving home.

§         Documentation
Maintains an archive of completed projects, providing data on demand for audit reports and performance evaluations.

Vendor Pool Helps Rebuild the Economy

As expected, the most visible aftermath of a natural disaster is property damage. However, loss of business, a less visible aftermath, is just as significant and can be harder to overcome. As stated in “Economic and Financial Aspects of Disaster Recovery,” [i] economic recovery from disaster is most effective when:

§         Response and recovery actions actively support the recovery of business and industry.
§         Business and industry is returned to activity as early as possible.
§         Economic recovery strategies are an integral part of the overall recovery management process.

Rebuilding Management coordinates the efforts of both volunteer organizations and the business sector, thus adhering to the above precepts.  When relief organizations and homeowners use the services of local vendors listed in the vendor database, they provide work for residents in their own communities, replenish city and county treasuries through sales taxes, and stimulate the economy.

Unique Financial Safeguard Protects Homeowners and Vendors

Horror stories abound about victims of natural disasters being ripped off by predatory contractors, as well as stories about hardworking contractors getting stiffed because homeowners have run out of funds.  That’s why Rebuilding Management established a financial safeguard to protect both the homeowner and the vendor from financial loss.   Construction funds from homeowners are placed in an escrow account and are only paid out when tasks are completed.  This escrow arrangement eliminates the requirement for homeowners to expend money upfront, and it guarantees that vendors will be paid upon job completion.  Everyone is protected.

Construction Management Team

The Rebuilding Management system puts community organizations in the driver’s seat.  With Rebuilding Management’s automated processes, LTROs and their relief organizations can manage multiple construction projects with minimal staff—no construction experience required.

§         Project manager – oversees all construction projects, coordinates the efforts of the management team, creates and manages project budgets, handles disbursement of funds.

§         Rebuilding advisor – single point of contact for homeowners during the rebuilding process; assists homeowners with selection of contractors and building materials.

§         Homeowner construction representative (HCR) – oversees individual projects and coordinates the efforts of contractors and supply vendors. 

§         Volunteer coordinator (optional) – trains volunteers and coordinates their efforts. 

§         Surveyor – performs initial property damage assessment.   Whether LTROs choose to have their organizations each specialize in a single aspect of the restoration process (e.g., surveying) or have them work as self-contained units overseeing complete restoration projects (or devise some other working arrangement), Rebuilding Management’s Internet-based system has the ability to coordinate the efforts of everyone involved and guide them through the rebuilding process.Additional users of the Rebuilding Management system include:

§         Homeowners – make decisions on subcontractors and building materials and monitor the progress of their restoration project.

§         Vendors (Subcontractors and Suppliers) – manage delivery and work schedules.   Rebuilding Management LLC provides all the training and support required to wield this powerful construction-management tool.

At Last, a Solution to Speed Recovery

We, at Rebuilding Management LLC, have been to communities devastated by natural disasters.  We’ve felt the pain of their victims.  We’ve experienced the frustration of not knowing where to turn.  And we know the massive challenges communities face in rebuilding.That’s why we offer a system to efficiently rebuild communities and swiftly return residents to their homes.  Benefits to the system are numerous:

§         Efficiency – Rebuilding Management’s automated system eliminates repetitive tasks; ensures no steps are missed; keeps projects on schedule; and increases the number of projects a long-term recovery committee and its organizations can manage.

§         Communication – The automated system ensures everyone involved—team members, homeowners, subcontractors, materials suppliers, and escrow agents—receives timely communications.  The Internet-based system keeps homeowners in the loop (even displaced homeowners living outside the community) by giving them access to all status reports and budget details pertaining to their restoration project.

§         Connections – Through the Rebuilding Management vendor database, relief organizations are able to bring together homeowners who need their homes restored and vendors who have the supplies and manpower to do the job.  Since LTROs maintain the vendor database, they have the ability to ensure that only qualified vendors are accepted into the network.

§         Economic stimulus – When organizations and homeowners use vendors from the Rebuilding Management database, they actively support the recovery of local businesses and industries.  They also contribute to community coffers through local sales taxes.

§         Buying power – Since long-term recovery organizations manage construction projects for numerous homeowners, the organizations become collective-buying units.  They have the ability to get supplies at wholesale prices or below, and then pass those savings on to homeowners.

§         Financial safeguard – Unique to the Rebuilding Management system, a financial safeguard protects both homeowners and vendors. With Rebuilding Management, long-term recovery organizations can easily manage multiple construction projects simultaneously.  Without a doubt, organizations that use the Rebuilding Management system are committed to bringing displaced residents home … not by the handful … but by the thousands.

 Emergency Management Australia.  “Economic and Financial Aspects of Disaster Recovery.”  Australian Emergency Manual Series.  Commonwealth of Australia, 2002.

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