Categorizing Losses

4 D I SAS T E R R ECOVE RY TODAY.COM Category B—Emergency Protective Measures General Measures to save lives, protect public health and safety, and protect improved property are eligible. To be eligible, emergency protective measures for the property must eliminate or lessen immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property through cost-effective measures. FEMA may require a certification by local, state and/or federal officials that a threat exists, including identification and evaluation of the threat and recommendations of the emergency work necessary to cope with the threat. Items that fall into Category B include: • Transporting and pre-positioning equipment and other resources for response; • Flood fighting; • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) related costs; • Emergency access; • Supplies and commodities; • Medical care and transport; • Evacuation and sheltering, including that provided by another state or tribal government; • Childcare; • Safety inspections; • Animal carcass removal; • Demolition of structures; • Search and rescue to locate survivors, household pets, and service animals requiring assistance; • Firefighting; • Security, such as barricades, fencing, or law enforcement; • Use or lease of temporary generators for facilities that provide essential community services; • Dissemination of information to the public to provide warnings and guidance about health and safety hazards using various strategies, such as flyers, public service announcements, or newspaper campaigns; • Searching to locate and recover human remains; • Storage and interment of unidentified human remains; and • Mass mortuary services. When considering Category B, it is important to recall the activities performed in preparing for a disaster. In the event of a hurricane, where an agency may have three to five days’ notice, eligible costs would typically start with the