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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 147-00000; McCreary County
DSR ID# 53499; Volunteer Labor
Citation: FEMA-1207-DR-KY; McCreary County, Volunteer Labor, DSR 53499
Cross Reference: Donated Resources, Debris Removal, Emergency Protective Measures
Summary: During early February 1998, McCreary County, Kentucky experienced a record snowfall event causing damage to utilities and widespread debris. As a result, FEMA-1207-DR-KY was declared. The severity of the snow stranded even the county's emergency personnel and snow removal equipment. In response to this, the County Judge requested that citizens assist with the removal of downed trees and snow to facilitate bringing the county emergency resources back on line. Damage Survey Report (DSR) 53499 was written on March 25, 1998, in the amount of $380, 407 to cover costs associated with the debris removal effort. However, the DSR was determined ineligible because the work performed was volunteer labor and there was insufficient documentation to support those costs. The first appeal was denied because the documentation submitted did not allow the tracing of funds to specific tasks such that a determination could be made as to the eligibility of the work. To support the second appeal, additional documentation and clarification of the details surrounding the events during the snowstorm have been submitted. The request is that credit for the donated resources be approved.
Issues: 1) Is the volunteer effort eligible?
Findings: 1) Yes. The documentation submitted supports that the volunteer effort was associated with eligible emergency response measures. Therefore, the value of the volunteer effort may be used to offset the non-federal share of the approved emergency measures funding.
Rationale: 44 CFR 13.24, Matching or Cost Sharing