PA ID# 000-U03DA-00; Florida Department Health
PW ID# Project Worksheets 5056, 2525 and 3881; Emergency Protective Measures
Citation: FEMA-1539/1551/1561-DR-FL, Florida Department Health, PWs 5056, 2525, and 3881, Emergency Protective Measures
Cross-reference: Emergency Protective Measures, Direct Result of Disaster
Summary: During the response of three of the 2004 Florida Hurricanes (FEMA-1539/1551/1561-DR-FL) the Florida Department of Health (Applicant) deployed Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) teams to mitigate the adverse effects of stress on Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff. FEMA deemed the provision of CISD briefings ineligible because the briefings do not qualify as emergency protective measures. Therefore, FEMA obligated Project Worksheet (PW) 5056 (1539-DR) on August 4, 2005, PW 2525 (1551-DR) on September 27, 2005, and PW 3881 (1561-DR) on July 27, 2005, for $0.
The Applicant filed a first appeal on October 7, 2005, asserting that the CISD costs are directly related to, and the direct result of, the performance of eligible work under the Public Assistance (PA) Program. On August 10, 2006, FEMA denied the Applicants first appeal stating that the provision of the CISD program was not necessary to eliminate or lessen an immediate threat to lives or public health and safety, as there was no immediate threat to the individuals served by the program.
On December 27, 2006, the Applicant filed a second appeal with FEMA appeal reiterating its position presented in its first appeal.
Issues: Are costs related to the provision of CISD briefings to EOC staff eligible under the Public Assistance Program?
Rationale: 44 CFR §206.223(a)(1) and 44 CFR §206.225(a)(3)