o The University of Nebraska-Lincoln applied under disaster declaration DR-1027-NE for a grant under HMGP for the purpose of funding establishment of a drought early warning system. FEMA Region VII denied approval, the U. of Nebraska-Lincoln appealed, and Region VII denied the appeal.
• Reason for Denial
o The proposed drought early warning system did not meet the eligibility requirements of the HMGP provided in 44 CFR 206.434, requiring projects to result in implementation of risk or hazard reduction, and be cost effective. Region VII found that because the proposal involved identification but not implementation, it was not eligible and there was no way to assess cost/benefit.
o Robert T. Stafford Act; 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
o The subapplicant submitted the application, 1st appeal and 2nd appeal based on the belief that the proposed drought early warning system was cost effective and eligible for funding under HMGP, but the proposed activity was not eligible nor was information provided to determine cost effectiveness.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision was to uphold the 1st appeal.
o The rationale for the decision was consistent with the 1st appeal decision. The proposed project failed to meet the eligibility requirements of the HMGP, requiring projects to result in implementation of risk or hazard reduction, and be cost effective.
o Reference(s): Robert T. Stafford Act; 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals