Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

When fire, wind, or water related damage happens in your facility, you’ll need a professional and experienced disaster recovery contractor that can mobilize quickly for fast response and effective recovery action. Vaughn Construction has provided disaster response and recovery services for several major natural disasters, including Hurricane Ike, the costliest hurricane in Texas history. Our Disaster Recovery team will help your facilities department regroup and jump start the recovery process utilizing an accounting process that facilitates quick reimbursement from disaster assistance funding sources. 

After Hurricane Ike crashed into Galveston Island, Texas in 2008, both the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Texas A&M University at Galveston contacted Vaughn Construction to help with Disaster Recovery projects. The hurricane landed at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. On Monday, our investigation team arrived to meet with clients and assess their needs. By Tuesday, Sept. 16, Vaughn mobilized a field team to assist the two campuses with the clean-up and recovery necessary to get the support operations back up and running as quickly as possible.  The team worked on the island without food, fresh water or gasoline supplies, from dawn until dusk, then drove an hour back to the mainland to complete paperwork and other documentation necessary for reimbursement from FEMA. 

Our services included:

Debris Management Services: emergency road clearance; debris removal, reduction, processing and recycling; supplemental collection of commercial solid waste; tree removal and disposal; security/badging operations; demolition of unsafe structures; 

Emergency Services: temporary protection; temporary power generation; temporary fuel supply and services; floodwater relocation; equipment rental; temporary sanitation facilities; assessment of damages; 

Restoration Services: window and curtain wall system replacements; roof tarping, repair and replacement; pumping out crawl spaces; drying-in; interior finish replacements.

Since Vaughn Construction is a hands-on, family-owned company, we structure the management and operation functions for flexibility and adaptability so we can grow quickly to meet the resource demands of emergency events such as natural disasters. Through our “best practices” procedures, our recovery teams efficiently and effectively document all work performed, then quickly and correctly invoice for services rendered, which helps you receive prompt reimbursement from disaster assistance funding sources. 

In addition to our own workforce, Vaughn maintains significant relationships with subcontractors across Texas who can be mobilized to the site of recovery missions when local resources are maxed out. For example, when several buildings on the Texas A&M University at Galveston and the UT Medical Branch campuses needed complete reroofing, Vaughn brought in a roofing contractor from Waco, Texas, 250 miles away. With no operational hotels on the island, workers slept on the former USNS Sirius, the naval training ship berthed across the harbor from the Texas A&M University campus, for two weeks while the work was performed. Since the only road onto the island was washed out, Vaughn crews hand-carried materials to the job sites until the road was repaired. 

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