PA ID# 083-99083-00; Santa Barbara County
PW ID# 2538; Damage to Applicant Owned Equipment
FEMA-1577-DR-CA; County of Santa Barbara, PW 2538, Applicant Owned Equipment Damages
Between December 27 and January 11, 2005, the County of Santa Barbara (Applicant) experienced flooding from severe winter storms.
On January 9, 2005, a County Deputy Sheriff was patrolling in the heavy rain and flood conditions. At 3:00 a.m. the deputy was overwhelmed by floodwaters, lost control of the vehicle, and ended up in a ditch. Project Worksheet (PW) #2538 was written for $6,660.05 for the repairs to the vehicle. The PW was determined to be ineligible by FEMA’s initial and final reviewers stating that the damage to equipment was not related to eligible work and was due to a traffic accident, both of which are ineligible in accordance with FEMA Policy 9525.8, Damage to Applicant Owned Equipment, Part E, Section 7, item number 3. The Applicant’s first appeal contends the deputy was performing eligible duties to protect public health and safety. It was during this time that the patrol vehicle encountered the flooded freeway causing the accident. The Applicant states that low visibility and freeway conditions made the floodwater in the freeway unavoidable. Region IX denied this appeal in accordance with Policy 9525.8 stating the vehicle was not performing eligible work and was damaged due to a traffic accident. The Applicant’s second appeal dated March 7, 2006, submits insurance documentation demonstrating that the vehicle was not covered by insurance and the deputy’s statement that he was performing eligible work at the time of the damage. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services supports the Applicant’s appeal for $6,935.62.
Are applicant owned equipment repair costs eligible when the equipment is damaged by the disaster?