Georgetown County, SC, Relocation and Upgrading of County Emergency Operations Center
|Applicant||South Carolina Emergency Management Division|
o Georgetown County, South Carolina, applied under disaster declaration DR-843-SC for a grant under HMGP for the relocation of its Emergency Operating Center (EOC), to purchase new communications equipment, and to add a new emergency power generator. FEMA Region IV denied approval, and Georgetown County appealed. Region IV denied the appeal.
• Reason for Denial
o The proposed project did not meet the criteria for eligibility under regulations of the HMGP provided in 44 CFR 206.434, because the application did not have sufficient information to determine HMGP eligibility and the project also qualified for funds under other Federal authority, a Duplication of Programs (DOP).
o 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
o The subapplicant submitted the 2nd appeal based on the premises that information in the application to determine HMGP eligibility was sufficient, the qualification for funds under other Federal authority (DOP) was immaterial, and the project was eligible for funding under the HMGP simply because it is a hazard mitigation measure.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision was to uphold the 1st appeal denial.
o The rationale for the decision was agreement with the reasons stipulated by Region IV for the 1st appeal denial, and additionally that HMGP funds are not appropriately used to increase operational capability or modernize equipment.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
Governor’s Authorized Representative
Office of the Governor
1300 Pickens Street, Suite 202
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
because the proposed project meets the criteria for eligibility under regulations of the HMGP.
After reviewing all the information on the appeal, I conclude that the proposed Georgetown County project is not eligible for funding under the HMGP. Our review shows that the proposed project does not fulfill eligibility criteria specified in HMGP regulations (44 CFR 206.434). In addition, the proposal does not conform to the policy guidance on equipment purchases that this office issued in February, 1992. This letter summarizes the rationale for my decision, and the enclosed analysis is a complete discussion of the rationale underlying my decision.
In consideration of the second issue, and except for the circumstances noted below, HMGP grants cannot be substituted for insufficient appropriations under other Federal authority, particularly appropriations under authority of the Civil Defense Act.
In light of our review, all three initiatives of Georgetown County’s project proposal (i.e., relocating the EOC, purchasing an improved central communications system, and purchasing an emergency generator) are not eligible for HMGP funding.
Deputy Associate Director
State and Local Programs and Support