Darius’ experience combines a diverse 25+ year career in manufacturing, distribution and construction with a talent for complex design and innovative solutions. His many contributions to the construction industry are based on a well-developed consultative approach reflecting years of hands-on experience, engineering understanding, and development of installation techniques and products earning him national recognition.
He specializes in the development and implementation of practical long-term solutions to natural and man-made risks through strengthening of building codes and implementation of common sense mitigation programs. Darius’ creation of Disaster-Smart is a more recent focus on the the utilization of inspection services to define and catalog data to develop a better process for communicating with consumers and underwriters. Darius is working with like-minded state, local, regional, national, and international organizations to promote long-term economic sustainability and implement new mitigation programs based on the successes of the My Safe Florida Home, SC Safe Home, and Rebuild NW FL programs.
“One of the biggest challenges facing coastal markets are the displaced low to moderate income populations that have become trapped in areas of rapid economic development. The resulting increases in property ownership costs, especially insurance, and is an issue affecting not only the local community but also increases the need for massive federal response following a disaster. Building stronger, safer, and more resilient homes is the first step towards building stronger, safer, and more resilient communities.”
Darius H Grimes- President
“Mitigation is not secondary to economic development; in coastal states it is elementary to economic survival.”
Lt. Gen. Russell Honore
Disaster-Smart is the largest inspections company on the North Gulf Coast. We are based in the Pensacola, FL area and service the coastal counties of NW Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas
Senior Field Underwriter
Florida Certified Home Inspector, FORTIFIED FEH Evaluator, Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector and My Safe Florida Home Mitigation Surveyor
David brings over 20 years experience in running his own remodeling company in NW Florida. Panhandle Renovations provided remodeling services including installation of exterior siding, hurricane shutters, windows, doors, garage doors, and more.
David’s experience in installation of hurricane shutters is valuable since many older shutter systems are not labeled and need to be identified for potential mitigation credits.
Jason has currently volunteered over 1800 hours with Habitat for Humanity and received Habitat for Humanity’s“Golden Hammer” award. Jason dedicated a full year as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity’s AmeriCorps program to develop and manage a neighborhood revitalization project called “A Brush with Kindness.” Jason currently serves as an active member of Habitat for Humanity’s Construction Committee Board and is the neighborhood revitalization consultant for Habitat.
Austin began his career early, achieving his home inspector’s license at age 19 & Fortified Evaluator License at age 20. Since 2016, Austin has been an integral part of the Disaster Smart team.
Since 2016 Stacy has performed underwriting inspections for Disaster Smart. Stacy began her journey with our team, initially with her husband and general contractor, JR.
Stacy is an FAA UAV 107 Commercial Drone Pilot, professional violinist, and happy dog mom.
Joey has been in the underwriting business since 2001. He joined Disaster Smart in 2016 as a field underwriter and as a fortified evaluator. Joey is a certified IBHS Fortified evaluator and has completed hundreds of evaluations.
For the past five years he has been instrumental in helping Disaster Smart receive the Spotlight Volume Award. The award recognizes companies that complete 500 or more evaluations per year. Joey holds a current FAA UAV 107 Commercial Drone Pilot license. Joey and his wife Kathy have lived in Daphne since 1982.
Having worked as carpenter, job bid estimator, and FEMA adjuster, Mac has amassed extensive knowledge in the underwriting/inspection industry. Mac joined Disaster-Smart inspector 2018 & holds a current FAA UAV 107 Commerical Drone Pilot’s license.