PA ID# 000-UICKQ-00; Louisiana Sate University of Alexandria
DSR ID# N/A; Request for Public Assistance
Citation: FEMA-1548-DR-LA; Louisiana State University of Alexandria; Request for Public Assistance
Cross-reference: Request for Public Assistance Deadline
Summary: As a result of Hurricane Ivan on September 15, 2004, the Louisiana State University of Alexandria (Applicant) allowed the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health to operate a Special Needs Shelter for several days in their facility. The Department of Health originally informed the Applicant that FEMA funding would be filed through their office. The Applicant collected all of their documentation of funding needs, and forwarded them to the Department of Health on October 5, 2004. On October 14th, the Department of Health informed the Applicant that they would have to file directly to FEMA instead, noting that there was a six-month deadline for FEMA funding requests. On January 4, 2005, the Applicant started to investigate the FEMA funding process, and discovered that the deadline for Requests for Public Assistance was actually just 30 days after the declared disaster. The Applicant immediately sent an appeal to the State, which was then denied by the Region. The Applicant sent a second appeal on March 8, 2005, indicating that they had attempted to respond in a timely manner but that they were misinformed of the correct timelines.
Issues: (1) Can the Applicant submit a Request for Funding after the 30-day deadline?
Findings: (1) Yes. The Applicant tried to submit the proper paper work on time, but was misinformed. Under these extenuating circumstances beyond the Applicants control, an exception will be granted.