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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# XXX-XXXXX; Harding University
DSR ID# N/A; Time Limitations
Citation: FEMA-1472-DR-AR, Harding University
Cross-reference: Time Limitations
Summary: A disaster declaration was issued on June 6, 2003, as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on May 2, 2003, which impacted certain areas in the State of Arkansas. White County was among the communities designated for Public Assistance. Harding University did not complete a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) within the 30 days after designation as specified at 44 CFR § 206.202. The State of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (Grantee) sent a request for consideration on behalf of Harding University to FEMA Region VI dated November 13, 2003. FEMA Region VI Acting Regional Director denied the request because Harding University never filed the required RPA, and the letter from the Grantee was received more than four months beyond the expiration of the submission period. On February 20, 2004, the Grantee forwarded Harding Universitys first appeal to the Regional Director. The University requested reconsideration of its applicant status and funding for the insurance deductible portion of its disaster expenses. The Regional Director upheld the determination. In the second appeal, Harding University asserts it did not know about the application deadline.
Issues: Has the University demonstrated extenuating circumstances justifying the submittal of Request for Public Assistance more than four months after the application period ended?
Findings: No. The circumstances identified by the University do not justify an exception to the regulatory time limit for application and identification of damages. The Grantee is responsible for informing Subgrantees of all assistance available following a disaster.
Rationale: 44 CFR § 206.202(b) and 44 CFR § 206.202 (c)