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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 137-UFJPV-00; Putnman County District Library
PW ID# 451; Temporary Facilities
Citation: FEMA-1720-DR-OH Putman County District Library, Temporary Facilities, Project Worksheet (PW) 451
Reference: Temporary Facilities
Summary: Heavy rainfall across northern Ohio caused severe flash and reverse flooding from August 20, 2007, until August 27, 2007. The rains completely flooded the basement of the Applicant’s facility and left 16 inches of water on the first floor. The flood damaged the facility’s mechanical and electrical equipment and other contents in the basement.
The Applicant submitted the first appeal on February 28, 2008. The Applicant argued that it is a critical part of the local educational services because it provides day care, pre-K services and is a partner of the Children and Family First Council of Putman County. The Applicant stated that the library provides multiple media to many of its low income and disabled residents. The Applicant also asserted that the library contained the governmental offices for administrative staff responsible for managing core operations of the entire Library System. The Applicant stated that many residents would face a 20 mile round trip drive to the nearest branch.
On April 19, 2008, the Regional Administrator denied the Applicant’s first appeal citing Public Assistance Policy 9523.3, Provision of Temporary Relocation Facilities. The Regional Administrator agreed that the Applicant provided essential government services. However, the Administrator stated that the Applicant does not provide the critical services that save lives, protect property or public health and safety to qualify for temporary facilities funding.
In the second appeal, the Applicant reiterated the arguments stated in the first appeal.
Issue: Will FEMA fund temporary relocation facilities for an applicant that does notprovide critical services that save lives, protect property or public health and safety?
Rationale: Public Assistance Policy 9523.3, Provision of Temporary Relocation Facilities