Cross-Reference: Aerial photomapping, Lodging and food for helicopter flight crews, Search and rescue, Transport of essential supplies and personnel
Summary: Late winter storms in March of 1995 caused flooding in Monterey County, California. DSR 73432 (Category B) was prepared for $38,218 for aerial photomapping, and for food and lodging for helicopter flight crews used for search and rescue missions and related services. The DSR was denied because the activities were not emergency protective measures. The County submitted a first appeal contending that the work described in the DSR was eligible because it was for protection of life and property. The first appeal was denied because insufficient information was provided to justify the reimbursement of funds as emergency protective measures. The County filed a second appeal providing additional data that showed a portion of the reimbursement would be for emergency protective measures. Accordingly, the Regional Director prepared DSR 16778 authorizing $1,760. The balance of the claimed amount was considered to be ineligible.
Are costs incurred by the County for aerial photography, equipment standby, and congressional tours eligible?
Are costs incurred by the County for commercial helicopter services (excluding aerial photography), and for lodging and food for the crews of government-owned helicopters eligible?
No. These are not essential services that eliminate or lessen immediate threat to life, public health or safety, or significant damage to improved property.
Yes. The helicopters were used to perform search and rescue missions, and to transport essential supplies and personnel.
Rationale: Section 403(a) of the Stafford Act provides the basis for distinguishing between those activities that are essential services to respond to immediate threats and those that are not.