Governor Bob Riley
Office of the Governor
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Dear Governor Riley:
I am writing in response to your request dated February 26, 2009 for FEMA to review the second level appeal for the City of Bayou La Batre, AL. This second appeal follows the decision by the FEMA Region IV Office in Atlanta, GA not to award the application submitted under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
FEMA Headquarters personnel have thoroughly reviewed the information submitted with this second level appeal. After careful consideration I have concluded that the original determination by Region IV should stand. This appeal was denied because the project application did not meet FEMA's cost-effectiveness requirement and relocated the function within the floodplain. The second level appeal does not contain new or substantive information that would provide grounds for overturning the decision made at the Region.
In conclusion, after review of the second level appeal documentation, FEMA Headquarters concurs with the determination by the Region that project did not meet Mitigation eligibility standards and should not be awarded.
If you have any additional questions regarding this issue, please contact Clay Saucier, Chief, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch, FEMA Region IV, at (770) 220-5488.
Deborah S. Ingram
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation
cc: Major Phil May, Regional Adminstrator, FEMA Region IV
Brad Loar, Director, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region IV