Rebuilding Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program

4 D I SAS T E R R ECOVE RY TODAY.COM e. Contents. f. Hazard mitigation measures. g. Emergency Work. 3. The denominator of the fraction is the cost of replacing the facility based on its pre-disaster design (size and capacity) and function in accordance with applicable codes and standards. These codes may relate to structural elements such as seismic resistance, mechanical or electrical systems, or the size of a structure. For example, a code may require a greater amount of space per student in a school, or wider lanes on a bridge. The use of a code related to size is limited in that the replacement facility must have the same capacity as the original facility (even though the physical size of the structure may be greater) (see 44 CFR §206.201[h]). a. When circumstances require a greater capacity for the replacement facility (e.g., a school designed for 400 students now serves a population of 600 students), the costs to increase the capacity are not eligible and are not included in the denominator. In this example, the eligible replacement facility would be one with a capacity of 400 students at a size required by the current space-per-student code. b. The denominator does not include demolition, site work, soft costs, contents, hazard mitigation measures, or emergency work. If the Applicant develops the estimates with assistance from a licensed Professional Engineer, licensed Architect, or Professional Cost Estimator, then the Applicant should submit a written request for replacement to FEMA within one year of the Federal Declaration date. This request should include both repair and replacement cost estimates with supporting documentation on how the Applicant derived at both estimates. 4. The table on page 7 illustrates eligiblecosts determinations. Bear in mind that any new facility (i.e., “replacement”) also requires a thorough Special Consideration review to ensure floodplain management requirements outlined Executive Order 11988 are met, plus meets National Environmental Protection Agency determinations, such as Environmental Impact Statement and/or Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI).