Categorizing Losses

2 D I SAS T E R R ECOVE RY TODAY.COM • Eliminate immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property; or • Ensure economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community-at-large. Private Property Debris Removal Debris removal from private property is the responsibility of the individual property owner. When it is in the public interest FEMA [only] approves Public Assistance (PA) funding for Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) if the Subrecipient demonstrates all the following with sufficient documentation: (a) Legal Authority and Indemnification FEMA accepts a written statement from an authorized Subrecipient official that: • Certifies the Subrecipient has legal authority and responsibility to remove debris from private property; • Cites all applicable sources of authority (law, ordinance, code, contract, etc.); and • Indemnifies the United States for any claim arising from the debris removal. (b) Public Interest The Subrecipient must demonstrate that the PPDR was in the public interest. This includes: • The basis for the determination that removing the debris from the private property locations requested was in the public interest. The determination must be made by the state, territorial, tribal, county, or municipal government’s public health authority or other public “… many decisions are made prior to FEMA’s arrival, so it becomes imperative to document and photojournal all activities.” a Subrecipient’s recovery. It is important to keep these categories in mind, as oftentimes it will take several weeks — sometimes months — before an event is declared as eligible and FEMA is on site. Category A—Debris Removal Public Interest Determination by FEMA • Eliminate immediate threats to life, public health and safety; or