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Jeff Shaw

Jeff Shaw

Senior Advisor

Adjusters International South Carolina Office
11923 Plaza Drive, PO Box 829
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • More than 20 years of disaster recovery experience with 17 years of specialization in the FEMA Public Assistance Program
  • Areas of special expertise include flood-zone regulations, determining eligibility, dispute resolution, and appeals
  • US Army Veteran; Panama Invasion, Persian Gulf War

Professional Profile

Jeff Shaw has specialized in disaster recovery consulting since 1994, and is recognized nationwide as a leader in the industry. Because of his longevity in this field, Shaw has experienced not only dramatic program changes, but also notable shifts in policy and practice. This experience contributes to Shaw’s specialized expertise in dispute resolution and appeals. His ability to understand, explain and substantiate applicant positions, coupled with his extensive knowledge of applicable FEMA policies and regulations, has facilitated the reversal of numerous ineligibility determinations in the field, on appeal or through federal arbitration proceedings.

Shaw has been closely involved in Adjusters International’s hurricane operations, with leadership experience ranging from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to hurricanes Dolly, Gustav and Ike in 2008. Prior to joining the Adjusters International Disaster Recovery Consulting team, while serving as the National Coordinator for KPMG’s disaster consulting division, Shaw served as a member of the team used by FEMA to conduct grantee audits for the states of Georgia and Arkansas. He has also been involved in applicants’ recoveries from other federal agencies including NIH, FHWA, HUD, NRCS and the FTA.

Shaw is a national presenter who has given numerous seminars on the disaster recovery process and also a published author, providing articles for Disaster Recovery Today, a publication focused on providing information on the fundamental concepts of the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

Disaster Experience

Shaw has extensive experience working with applicants to obtain funding under the FEMA Public Assistance program following a federally declared disaster. Shaw has served as Senior Level Policy Advisor, Program Advisor, Project Manager, and Lead Consultant.

  • Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 2012–Present
  • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, 2006–2009
  • City of New Orleans, 2006–2008
  • Port Authority of New Orleans 2006–Ongoing
  • City of Slidell, 2006–2009
  • Jefferson Parish, 2007–Ongoing
  • Audubon Nature Institute, 2006
  • West Jefferson Medical Center, 2006
  • State of Mississippi (HMGP Global Match efforts), 2008–2010
  • City of Cedar Rapids – Cedar Rapids Community Schools – Linn County, Iowa, 2008–Ongoing
  • Aldine Central Schools – Houston Independent School District – Jefferson County, Texas, 2008–2010
  • Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS), 2009–2011
  • Mississippi State Port Authority, 2006–Ongoing
  • Hancock County Schools, 2010
  • Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina, 2006–2009
  • City of Sanibel – Lee County – City of Fort Myers – Monroe County, Florida, 2005–2007
  • New York State: 1391-DR 9-11 Terrorist Attack, 2001–2002
  • Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Medical Center, Tropical Storm Allison, 2001–2005
  • City of Las Vegas, Flooding, 1999
  • City & County of Nashville, Tornado, 1998
  • City of Pittsburgh, Tornado, 1997
  • City of Little Rock, Tornado, 1997
  • City of Syracuse & Onondaga County, Wind/Ice Storm, 1997
  • City of Reno, Nevada, Flooding, 1997
  • City of Detroit, Tornado, 1997
  • City of Harrisburg, PA, Flooding, 1996

Professional Publication

Shaw is a recognized specialist in the in the FEMA public assistance program. The knowledge he has gained working with grantees and applicants has led to 10 issues of Disaster Recovery Today, a technical publication that provides valuable insights on FEMA related issues.

Professional Training and Qualifications

Our Disaster Recovery Consultants continuously update their knowledge through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s online classes. Shaw has completed 16 classes including the sampling of courses listed below. In addition, many of our consultants also augment their knowledge with other technical training.

Emergency Management Institute Coursework:

  • IS-00001 Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position
  • IS-00100.b Introduction to Incident Command System
  • IS-00200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200
  • IS-00240 Leadership and Influence
  • IS-00393.a Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
  • IS-00547.a Introduction to Continuity of Operations (COOP)
  • IS-00630 Introduction to the Public Assistance Process
  • IS-00631 Public Assistance Operations I
  • IS-00632.a Introduction to Debris Operations
  • IS-00700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-00701.a Multiagency Coordination System (MACS)
  • IS-00800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction