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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 083-69070; City of Santa Barbara
DSR ID# 12255; Roof Replacement
Citation: FEMA-1046-DR-CA; City of Santa Barbara; DSR 12255
Cross-Reference: Eligible repair, Total replacement
Summary: As a result of a March 10, 1995, storm, the roof on the Santa Barbara Airport hanger building 309 was damaged by high winds. Sections of the rolled composition roof were torn from the building and strewn about the surrounding area damaging adjacent windows. Damage survey report (DSR) 12255 was prepared for $16,942 to fund the replacement of the entire roof, the completed repairs, and replacement of 12 window panes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concluded that damage to the roof consisted of the loss of roof composition sheets on approximately a 500 square-foot area. Because the roof damage was limited to a small portion of the total roof area, the completed repairs were considered permanent. FEMA approved funding for the completed repairs and replacing the 12 windowpanes. The subgrantee believed that the replacement of the entire roof should be eligible for funding because the repairs were made only to safeguard the building and its contents from greater losses and not to restore the building to pre-disaster function. The Regional Director denied the subgrantee's first appeal, stating that there was no justification for replacement of the entire roof. With a second appeal, the State requested that a Category B DSR should be prepared for the temporary patching, which it considers "emergency work," and maintains that there is no way to repair the roof without replacing the entire existing roof.
Issues: Should FEMA fund the replacement of the entire roof?
Findings: No. Damage to the roof is limited to approximately five percent of the total roof area. There is no justification to support the replacement of the entire roof.
Rationale: Only work to restore eligible facilities on the basis of the design of such facilities as they existed immediately prior to the disaster is eligible. (44 CFR 206.226)