PA ID# 201-35000-00; City of Houston
PW ID# PW 597; Emergency Medical Service Costs
Second Appeal Brief FEMA- 3216-EM-TX PAID # 201-35000-00, City of Houston Project Worksheet # 597 Emergency Medical Service Costs
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FEMA-3216-EM-TX, City of Houston, TX, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Costs
Cross- Emergency Medical Service Costs, Emergency Protective Measures Reference:
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the city of Houston provided interim shelter to over 34,000 evacuee-households that were dislocated by the hurricanes. The City initially housed the evacuees in congregate shelters and subsequently in apartments and individual homes through March 31, 2006. The City requested reimbursement for $2.3 million in costs incurred in responding to EMS transport calls to areas with high concentrations of evacuees. The Transitional Recovery Office and the FEMA Regional Director in Denton, Texas, denied the initial request and first appeal, respectively, because they considered the additional costs to be increased operating expenses, rather than emergency protective measures. The City submitted a second appeal along with documentation of EMS transport calls made to Katrina and Rita evacuees.
Are the additional costs the City incurred for providing EMS transports to disaster evacuees eligible for reimbursement?
Section 403 of the Stafford Act; Disaster Specific Guidance #2