We are a team of Emergency Management and Software professionals based in Orlando, Florida.
MB3 was started in response to an ever-growing need to manage grants for disasters throughout the United States. Since MB3's inception in 2005, 17 states have begun using MB3 tools to help them better their recovery and grant management process. Today, MB3 offers a variety of industry leading services as a single comprehensive solution. Here is an overview of MB3's story.
Start in Florida
In 2004, MB3 president, Matt Blakely, became aware of a major need in Orlando, Florida. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan had just devastated the State causing widespread damage, and an unprecedented influx of paperwork. After meeting with the Public Assistance (PA) staff of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), Matt had an idea. His idea was to develop a web-based portal where applicants could submit and monitor their assistance requests to FDEM, allowing FDEM staff to immediately receive, process and manage thousands of items. As a result, Matt formed MB3 and the idea became FloridaPA.org. By early 2005, FloridaPA.org managed almost every function that the PA staff needed to perform, including project status, payment processing and closeouts, and the new possibilities for real-time reporting were endless.
During the summer of 2005, the development team at MB3 focused on strengthening the system, which was called "MB3 PA Portal" and by later that year, version 2 was launched, just before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The PA Portal was launched in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and was a natural fit for managing such an unparalleled event. MB3's implementation allowed these three States to automate processes that had previously been handled manually.
In early 2007, the State of Mississippi turned to MB3 to develop an online portal for management of Hazard Mitigation Grants. This prompted the creation of the "MB3 HM Portal", or MitigationMS.org as it is known in Mississippi. This system had many of the same features as PA, including reimbursement processing, quarterly reports, and document management, but approached the grant from a Mitigation point of view. FEMA took note of how easy it was for the State and Subgrantees to use the system and began using MitigationMS.org to process their eligibility approvals.
Multiple Grant Programs
In 2012, MB3 launched EMGrantsPro, which draws upon extensive user feedback to allow for Emergency Management grants (such as Public Assistance, Mitigation, and non-disaster grants) to co-exist in the same system. Optional support services modules, allowing State employees to submit time, travel vouchers, and purchase requisitions, have also been brought together within a single system. MB3 then launched a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) Mobile App and a Direct Administrative Costs (DAC) Module.
A GCR Company
In July 2018, MB3 was acquired by GCR Incorporated. Since 1979, GCR has developed an industry-leading suite of services and software focused on critical infrastructure, land management, grants management, elections, and government business services. GCR and its subsidiary, PCC Technology Inc., have clients in 8 countries and 49 states. This combination allows MB3 to leverage GCR's subject matter expertise and resources to enhance our offerings (view press release). MB3 remains committed to excellence with customer service as we continue to help our clients efficiently manage grants.