Presentation on theme: "October 2005 Collier County Addresses FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deobligation and Floodplain Mapping Collier County, Florida Other."— Presentation transcript:
Collier County Addresses FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deobligation and Floodplain Mapping Collier County, Florida Other Concerns of Communities, Governments and Organizations Statewide with FEMA Nick Casalanguida, Gary McAlpin, Debbie Wight
FEMA’s Disallowed Cost Initiative FEMA’s nationwide goal was recovery of $800 million in obligated Funds through Disallowed Cost Initiative. $275 million deobligated in about 200 governments, state agencies, schools and other entities, imposing critical fiscal burdens on communities in the State of Florida. $11.2 million deobligated from Collier County alone… FEMA Appeals decisions and litigation positions assert no attention should be paid to FEMA decisions relied on by local governments.
Collier County’s Deobligation Collier County received $13.9 million to restore beaches damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. FEMA revised allowable costs previously approved, obligated and paid in 2012. Decisions without discussions Ignore existing rules, regulations, time constraints Opinions instead of technical facts Only one-way communications First Appeal in 2012, to date no Appeal action.
Collier’s Deobligation $11.2 Million Collier’s Deobligation appeal based on: FEMA did not correctly determine the amount of eligible replacement sand. FEMA erroneously rejected Collier’s engineering reports. FEMA improperly holding Collier to initial approved Scope estimates. The Stafford Act disallows these FEMA deobligations. Section 705(c)
Floodplain Mapping FEMA requested extensive data/detailed engineering to support updated mapping. FEMA regulations require remapping when more accurate data is available. Collier spent $400,000 to correct outdated maps. FEMA now claims: Inadequate funding prevents remapping flood areas Studies indicate thousands of homes in outdated floodplain designations FEMA’s lack of funding for remapping is unacceptable and costly to Collier County citizens.
Issues Remain Unresolved Individually, Collier not successful in getting response: 10 years since storm events 2 years since appeal filed; 1 year since meeting with Regional Administrator Letters of support to FEMA from members of the Congressional Delegation
Working Together Collier County is not unique with FEMA concerns and issues. FEMA has been non-responsive and totally lacked any urgency in addressing the issues. Exploring broadening strategy across Florida 10 years since storm events Coalition of agencies with comparable problems Retroactive deobligations? Flood map issues? Unified voice with focused, consistent message State and federal participation of elected officials Information, experiences and results sharing Legal strategies and lawsuits
Recommendations Working coalition of organizations with comparable interests and problems is needed to address FEMA actions and inactions burdening communities. Engagement and interaction with members of both the Florida State Legislature and U.S. Congress are key. Others???
Coalition Participation Governments, state agencies and other organizations statewide may fill out and email a response using a FEMA Issues Interest Form posted on Collier County’s website: www.colliergov.net/femaissuescoalition