Rebuilding Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program: Repair? Replace? Relocate?

4 D I SAS T E R R E COV E RY T ODAY. COM D I S A S T E R R E C O V E R Y T O D A Y If your damaged facility is determined to be eligible for replacement, the replacement facility can be built on the same property, or you can request a voluntary relocation (improved project). Bear in mind that any new facility (i.e., “replacement”) also requires a thorough Special Consideration review, to include floodplain management and the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA). d. Site work; e. Applicable project management costs; f. Contents; and/or g. Hazard mitigation measures. 3. The denominator of the fraction is the cost of replacing the facility on the basis of its pre-disaster design and 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. “ The CEF estimate, when accurately populated, helps develop a more thorough and accurate estimate, ensuring that applicants as well as FEMA have an accurate budget to work with. ” b. The denominator does not include demolition, site work, applicable project management costs, contents, and/or hazard mitigation measures. 4. The table on page 6 illustrates eligible-costs determinations. Substantial Damage Under FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) For structures that are located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), another consideration will

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