GMC launches new Disaster Recovery department

Goodwyn Mills Cawood is pleased to announce its new Disaster Recovery department, led by Robert Ramsey as executive vice president. Since 2017, Disaster Recovery has been housed as a service within Engineering; however, with its continued growth, unique service offerings and distinct operations, it will now function as a standalone department.

Over the last several years, GMC has become a leader in critical programs to restore impacted communities from disasters. The firm’s experience with disaster management and recovery programs, coupled with its engineering and architectural experience, allows the team to effectively assist communities in achieving their disaster program and long-term recovery goals. GMC’s Disaster Recovery team helps communities navigate the response planning process, including assistance in pre-disaster planning, debris management planning, debris monitoring, financial recovery, grant management and mitigation services so they can be prepared before, during and after a disaster occurs. GMC also assists with long term recovery through the CDBG-DR program to refurbish, restore or rebuild homes that were damaged because of a disaster, in addition to assisting municipalities with Covid-19 relief through various government agencies providing financial assistance.

Ramsey led debris monitoring and cost recovery efforts in his hometown of Albany, Ga., following the tornadoes that struck in January 2017. This, in turn, incited his passion for not only rebuilding and restoring communities, but also working to create more resilient communities to mitigate damage before disasters strike.

Under Ramsey’s leadership, GMC has provided disaster recovery services for numerous municipalities throughout the Southeast, including the City of Albany, Ga.; City of Kingsland, Ga.; City of St. Marys, Ga.; Seminole County, Ga.; City of Iron City, Ga.; City of Donalsonville, Ga.; City of Opp, Ala.; City of Seneca, S.C.; Town of Pendleton, S.C.; Oconee County, S.C.; City of Atmore, Ala.; and City of Satsuma, Ala., among others. In addition, the firm has contracted with several energy and electric cooperatives to provide consulting services for disaster recovery and FEMA public assistance for damages following natural disasters.

Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) is one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast, with offices located throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Whether designing schools, parks, hospitals and other commercial developments, or providing clean water, safe streets and restoring resilient environments, GMC takes great pride in serving our communities through the transformative work we do. Every project is guided by the foundational concept that communities are built by people, not companies, and we strive to serve our communities with quality, integrity, creativity and care. One of the Southeast’s most comprehensive multi-disciplined firms, GMC is equipped to provide all of the services associated with architecture, interior design, civil engineering, environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, surveying and disaster recovery. For more information, visit