PA ID# 037-91121; Santa Monica Community College District
DSR ID# 87565; College Gymnasium Light Fixtures
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; Santa Monica Community College District, P.A. ID 037-91121
Cross-reference: Timelines, deadlines, late identification of damages
Summary: The Santa Monica Community College District's (District's) gymnasium sustained damage as a result of the Northridge earthquake. On March 31, 1995, a federal/State inspection team visited the gym. FEMA approved supplemental DSR 87565 for $246,047 for completed emergency repairs and estimated permanent repairs to the gym. Eighteen months later, the District requested that FEMA inspect damage to the gymnasium lights on December 13, 1996. Eight months later, on August 25, 1997, the District requested that FEMA prepare a supplemental DSR for the cost of replacing four gym light fixtures and installing safety cables on 89 light fixtures. FEMA inspected the light fixtures but did not prepare a DSR for these costs. At final inspection on October 29, 1999, FEMA prepared supplemental DSR 91912 for $115,489 to reimburse cost overruns on seven DSRs. The District submitted an appeal of DSR 87565 on March 27, 2000, requesting FEMA prepare a DSR for $8,382 for replacement of four light fixtures and installation of safety cables. On January 9, 2001, the FEMA Region IX Director denied the District's request because the District did not notify FEMA of the damage prior to the June 30, 1995, deadline for reporting earthquake damages. In a March 19, 2001, second appeal letter, the District stated that the damage to the four fixtures was hidden damage that could not be assessed because the light fixtures were 40 feet above the gym floor.
Issues: Has the District demonstrated that these damages were hidden and are exempt from the June 30, 1995, deadline?
Findings: No. The District stated in the first appeal that the light fixtures broke away from their supports and fell to the floor. FEMA cannot consider these damages as newly discovered.