Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
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Oklahoma City - Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building HMGP projects
Related Disaster Declarations:
o Region VI had denied approval of HMGP funding for the purchase of equipment for emergency preparedness. The Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency (OEMA), on behalf of City of Oklahoma City, addressed the appeal to FEMA HQ, waiving the 1st appeal process provided in 44 CFR 206.440.
• Reason for Denial
o The HMGP application was denied Region VI because the proposed activity to be funded was not eligible. The 1st appeal was waived by OEMA when the appeal was filed with the Associate Director for Mitigation at FEMA HQ.
o 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
o The City of Oklahoma City requested through OEMA funding to purchase equipment for the purpose of preparing for future response efforts to threats or acts of terrorism. The proposed equipment included rescue tools and equipment, a fire emergency and command post, and incident command computer hardware and software.
• FEMA Findings
o The Region’s original determination against HMGP assistance was upheld, and the 2nd appeal was denied.
o The rationale for the decision was that the proposed project failed to demonstrate that implementation would result in a permanent reduction in property damages as per the Stafford Act and HMGP regulations, but instead would contribute to preparedness and response activities. The decision letter in addition refers to a policy memorandum dated February 7, 1992, stating that the purchase of response equipment does not constitute an eligible activity under the HGMP, if the purpose of such equipment is to improve preparedness and response capability. The HMGP application had stated that the benefit of the project was to enhance post-disaster mitigation by increasing the capabilities of response and recovery activities.
o Reference(s): Stafford Act; 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; Policy Memorandum of February 7, 1992 Purchase of Response Equipment; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals