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PUBLIC NOTICE FEMA 4419–DR–AL

Date of Notice: 
Friday, March 29, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs for damages associated with straight- line winds and tornadoes occurring March 3, 2019, with an incident closing date of March 3, 2019. This notice applies to Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121- 5207.

Under the disaster declaration FEMA DR-4419-AL signed by the president on March 5, 2019,
Lee County has been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for IA.

Lee County has been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for PA, Categories A and B, including Direct Federal Assistance.

This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such  activities may adversely affect the historic property and floodplain or wetland, or  may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.

Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities to relocate and evaluated for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Where there is no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures may be taken  to minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their impacts.

FEMA has determined that for certain types of facilities there aren’t normally alternatives  to  restoration in the floodplain or wetland. These are facilities that meet all of the following criteria:
1) FEMA’s  estimate of the cost of repairs is less than 50 percent of the cost to replace the entire  facility and is less than $100,000; 2) the facility is not located in a floodway; 3) the facility has not sustained major structural damage in a previous presidentially declared flooding disaster or emergency; and 4) the facility is not critical (e.g., the facility is not a hospital, generating plant, emergency operations center, or a facility that contains dangerous materials). FEMA intends to provide assistance for the restoration of these facilities to their pre-disaster condition, except that certain measures to mitigate the effect  of future  flooding,  other  hazards,  and  accessibility  requirements may be included in the work. For example, a bridge or culvert restoration may include a larger waterway opening to decrease the risk of future washouts.

For routine activities, this will be the only public notice provided. Other activities and those involving facilities that do not meet the four criteria above are required to undergo more detailed review, including the study of alternate locations. Subsequent public notices regarding such projects will be published,    if necessary, as more specific information becomes available.

In many cases, an applicant may have started facility restoration before federal involvement. Even if the facility must undergo  detailed  review  and  analysis  of  alternate  locations,  FEMA  will  fund  eligible
 
restoration at the original location if the facility is functionally dependent on its floodplain location (e.g., bridges and flood-control facilities), the project facilitates an open space use, or the facility is an integral part of a larger network that is impractical or uneconomical to relocate, such as a road. In    such cases, FEMA must also examine the possible effects of not restoring the facility, minimizing floodplain or wetland impacts, and determining both that an overriding public need for the facility clearly outweighs the Executive Order requirements  to  avoid  the  floodplain  or  wetland,  and  that the site is the only practicable alternative. State and local officials will confirm to  FEMA  that  proposed actions comply with all applicable state and local floodplain management and wetland protection requirements.

FEMA intends to provide IA program funding for disaster-related emergency housing. These actions may adversely affect a floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to floods. These actions may include repair, restoration, or construction of housing or private bridges, purchase and placement  of travel trailers or manufactured housing units, or repair of structures as minimum protective  measures. This will be the only public notice concerning these actions.

FEMA also intends to provide HMGP funding to the state of Alabama to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction of new facilities, modification of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of floodplains, demolition of structures, or other types of projects  to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals, subsequent public notices will be published if necessary as more specific information becomes available.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archaeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is  eligible  for  listing  in  the  National  Register  of  Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government, federal contractors, and by recipients of federal financial assistance. Any recipient or sub-recipient of federal funds is required to make their programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Its protections apply to all programs and businesses that receive any federal funds. This applies to all elements of physical/architectural, programmatic     and communication accessibility in all services and activities conducted by or funded by  FEMA. FEMA intends to comply with the Rehabilitation Act in all federally  conducted  and  assisted  programs in alignment with the principals of whole community inclusion and universal accessibility.

As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the above-described actions under the PA, IA, and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4419-AL EHAD”. Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

For More Info Visit: fema.gov/disaster/4419

 

Last Updated: 
03/29/2019 - 14:10