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Public Notices - Hurricane Florence

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE FEMA-4393-DR-NC  - Oct. 16, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE - Intent to Reimburse - Oct. 17, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE - Intent to Reimburse - Updated - Oct 17, 2018

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE - Additional Direct Housing Counties - Oct. 31, 2018


FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE  FEMA-4393-DR-NC

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives final notice to the public, in accordance with Title 44 C.F.R. § 9.12, of its decision to provide assistance to applicants through the Individual and Households Program by placing temporary housing units (THU) on commercial or private sites located in or affecting a floodplain or wetland. The initial public notice was published September 27, 2018, and provided a 3-day comment period pursuant to 44 C.F.R. § 9.8.

Under major disaster declaration FEMA-4393-DR-NC signed by the President on September 14, 2018, and as amended through October 26, 2018, FEMA is authorized to provide direct temporary housing assistance under the Individuals and Households program for the Counties of Brunswick, Bladen, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Robeson. The public should note the following regarding action to place THU in areas designated as floodplain, or affecting the floodplain 

An initial disaster‐wide Public Notice was published September 27, 2018 for Hurricane Florence. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

In order to best serve survivors of the flooding associated with Hurricane Florence, FEMA intends to install THUs in Special Flood Hazard Areas in the Counties of Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson if no practicable alternatives outside mapped floodplains are available. Any delay in licensing survivors into safe, secure and sanitary housing at the first opportunity will cause undue hardship. Placing THU will enable eligible residents of these ten counties to move from FEMA’s transitional sheltering programs to a longer-term temporary housing solution while their primary dwellings are made habitable. FEMA has determined the best course of action is to place THU on homeowner’s property where feasible.

This action will ensure that the homeowner will be able to safeguard their dwelling while it stands empty; be able to carry out repairs to the damaged dwelling with a minimum amount of inconvenience; remain within their community for social and economic sustenance; and be ableto retain living patterns with minimal interruption and hardship. When placement of a THU on a homeowner’s property is not feasible, a THU may be placed on a commercial group site, which may also be located in the mapped floodplain. All THU intallations will meet the manufacturer’s specifications and comply with local floodplain requirements, along with all other applicable federal, state, local or tribal laws, regulations and Executive Orders.

1. FEMA considered the following significant factors in making this determination:
a) Other available temporary housing resources outside the floodplain
b) Proximity to schools, places of worship and habitual life patterns (shopping, social interaction, etc.)
c) Security of damaged property (appearance of abandonment inviting looting)
d) Reasonable commuting time and distance to work/school/worship/social interaction
e) Preference of survivor when presented temporary housing options and the survivor’s preferred placement of the THU to the extent possible

2. FEMA used the following criteria to identify practicable alternatives to placing THU in the floodplain:
a) Speedy provision of temporary housing
b) Potential flood risk to the temporary housing occupants
c) Cost-effectiveness
d) Social and neighborhood patterns
e) Timely availability of other housing resources
f) Potential harm to the floodplain or wetland

3. FEMA considered the following temporary housing options when making this decision:
a) Transitional shelter options (hotels)
b) Rental accommodations
c) Emergency repairs authorized under the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Pilot Program
d) Staying with friends or family members while repairs are made
e) Other available temporary housing resources outside the floodplain

4. Placement of THUs will be made in accordance with the following provisions:
a) Installations are temporary and for the purpose of providing emergency temporary housing to disaster survivors.
b) FEMA contractors will perform the installation according to manufacturer’s specifications and will comply with NFIP floodplain management standards or any more restrictive federal, state, local or tribal government floodplain regulations.
c) Prior to granting occupancy permits, the building code inspector and floodplain administrator for that jurisdiction will inspect the installation.
d) Elevation requirements in the jurisdiction where the THU is being installed will be used. In cases where best available information indicates that more stringent elevation levels (beyond the locally mandated elevation requirements) are prudent, this data will be used.
e) Any impacts to the floodplain will be temporary and minimized to the extent possible.

These actions will be carried out immediately after publishing this final public notice because of the emergency need to place disaster survivors in temporary housing. Interested persons may obtain information about this specific project or a map of the affected areas by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Joint Field Office, 3039 E Cornwallis Road, Building 307, Durham, NC 27709, or by email at FEMA‐R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov with DR 4393 EHAD in the subject line.

 


 

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE FEMA-4393-DR-NC - October 16, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives final notice to the public, in accordance with Title 44 C.F.R.  § 9.12, of its decision to provide assistance to applicants through the Individuals and Households Program by placing temporary housing units (THUs) on commercial or private sites located in or affecting a floodplain or wetland. The initial public notice was published September 27, 2018 and provided a 3-day comment period pursuant to 44 C.F.R. § 9.8.

Under major disaster declaration FEMA-4393-DR-NC signed by the President on September 14, 2018, and as amended through October 14, 2018, FEMA is authorized to provide direct temporary housing assistance under the Individuals and Households program for the Counties of Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson. The public should note the following regarding action to place THUs in areas designated as floodplain, or affecting the floodplain.

An initial disaster‐wide Public Notice was published October 2, 2018 for Hurricane Florence. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project‐specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.

In order to best serve survivors of the flooding associated with Hurricane Florence, FEMA intends to install THUs in Special Flood Hazard Areas in the Counties of Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson if no practicable alternatives outside mapped floodplains are available. Any delay in licensing survivors into safe, secure and functional housing at the first opportunity will cause undue hardship. Placing THUs will enable eligible residents of these ten counties to move from FEMA’s transitional sheltering programs to a longer-term temporary housing solution while their primary dwellings are made habitable. FEMA has determined the best course of action is to place the THU on the homeowner’s property where feasible.

This action will ensure that the homeowner will be able to safeguard their dwelling while it stands empty; be able to carry out repairs to the damaged dwelling with a minimum amount of inconvenience; remain within their community for social and economic sustenance; and be able to retain living patterns with minimal interruption and hardship. When placement of a THU on a homeowner’s property is not feasible, a THU may be placed on a commercial group site, which may also be located in the mapped floodplain. All THU installations will meet the manufacturer’s specifications and comply with local floodplain requirements along with all other applicable federal, state, local or tribal laws, regulations and Executive Orders.
 

FEMA considered the following significant factors in making this determination:

  • Other available temporary housing resources outside the floodplain
  • Proximity to schools, places of worship and habitual life patterns (shopping, social interaction, etc.)
  • Security of damaged property (appearance of abandonment inviting looting)
  • Reasonable commuting time and distance to work/school/worship/social interaction
  • Preference of survivor when presented temporary housing options and the survivor’s preferred placement of the THU to the extent possible

 
FEMA used the following criteria to identify practicable alternatives to placing THUs in the floodplain:

  • Speedy provision of temporary housing
  • Potential flood risk to the temporary housing occupants
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Social and neighborhood patterns
  • Timely availability of other housing resources
  • Potential harm to the floodplain or wetland

 
FEMA considered the following temporary housing options when making this decision:

  • Transitional shelter options (hotels)
  • Rental accommodations
  • Emergency repairs authorized under the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Pilot Program
  • Staying with friends or family members while repairs are made
  • Other available temporary housing resources outside the floodplain

 
Placement of THUs will be made in accordance with the following provisions:

  • Installations are temporary and for the purpose of providing emergency temporary housing to disaster survivors.
  • FEMA contractors will perform the installation according to manufacturer’s specifications and will comply with NFIP floodplain management standards or any more restrictive federal, state, local or tribal government floodplain regulations.
  • Prior to granting occupancy permits, the building code inspector and floodplain administrator for that jurisdiction will inspect the installation.
  • Elevation requirements in the jurisdiction where the THU is being installed will be used. In cases where best available information indicates that more stringent elevation levels (beyond the locally mandated elevation requirements) are prudent, this data will be used.
  • Any impacts to the floodplain will be temporary and minimized to the extent possible.

These actions will be carried out immediately after publishing this final public notice because of the emergency need to place disaster survivors in temporary housing. Interested persons may obtain information about these specific project or a map of the affected by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Joint Field Office, 3039 E Cornwallis Road, Building 307, Durham, NC 27709, or by email at R4-MIT-EHP@fema.dhs.gov with DR 4393 EHAD in the subject line.

 


 

PUBLIC NOTICE - Intent to Reimburse - October 17, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs for damages associated with Hurricane Florence occurring September 7, 2018 and continuing. This notice applies to Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121- 5207.

Under the disaster declaration FEMA DR-4393-NC signed by the President on September 14, 2018 (and amended on September17), the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for IA and PA, Categories A debris removal and B emergency protective actions, including Direct Federal Assistance: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland, Wilson and Greene Counties. Under the emergency declaration FEMA EM-3401-NC signed by the President on September 10, 2018, funding for Direct Federal Assistance for Emergency Measures and PA, Category B is available for all counties statewide. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will be available statewide. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property and floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.

Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities to relocate and evaluated for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Where there is no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures may be taken to minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their impacts.

FEMA intends to provide IA program funding for disaster-related emergency housing. These actions may adversely affect a floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to floods. These actions may include repair, restoration, or construction of housing or private bridges, purchase and placement of travel trailers or manufactured housing units, or repair of structures as minimum protective measures. This will be the only public notice concerning these actions.

FEMA also intends to provide HMGP funding to the State of North Carolina to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction of new facilities, modification of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of floodplains, demolition of structures, or other types of projects to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals, subsequent public notices will be published if necessary as more specific information becomes available.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government, federal contractors, and by recipients of federal financial assistance. Any recipient or sub-recipient of federal funds is required to make their programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Its protections apply to all programs and businesses that receive any federal funds. This applies to all elements of physical/architectural, programmatic and communication accessibility in all services and activities conducted by or funded by FEMA. FEMA intends to comply with the Rehabilitation Act in all federally conducted and assisted programs in alignment with the principals of whole community inclusion and universal accessibility.

As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the above-described actions under the PA, IA, and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMAR4EHP@ fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4393 NC EHAD”. Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

 


20181015 DR-4393-NC PUBLIC NOTICE V6

Release date:  October 17, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs for damages associated with Hurricane Florence occurring September 7, 2018, with an incident closing date of September 29, 2018. his notice applies to Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121- 5207.

Under the disaster declaration FEMA DR-4393-NC signed by the President on September 14, 2018 (and amended on September17 and October 14, 2018), the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for IA and PA, Categories A debris removal and B emergency protective actions, including Direct Federal Assistance: Anson, Orange and Union Counties. In addition, the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for PA, Categories C through G, including Direct Federal Assistance: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Chatham, Dare, Granville, Montgomery, Person, Randolph, Stanly, Union, Yancey, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson Counties (already designated for debris removal and emergency protective measures [Categories A and B], including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program).
Pitt County for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

Under the disaster declaration FEMA DR-4393-NC signed by the President on September 14, 2018 (and amended on September17), the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for IA and PA, Categories A debris removal and B emergency protective actions, including Direct Federal Assistance: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland, Wilson and Greene Counties. Under the emergency declaration FEMA EM-3401-NC signed by the President on September 10, 2018, funding for Direct Federal Assistance for Emergency Measures and PA, Category B is available for all counties statewide. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will be available statewide. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property and floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.

Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities to relocate and evaluated for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Where there is no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures may be taken to minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their impacts.

FEMA intends to provide IA program funding for disaster-related emergency housing. These actions may adversely affect a floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to floods. These actions may include repair, restoration, or construction of housing or private bridges, purchase and placement of travel trailers or manufactured housing units, or repair of structures as minimum protective measures. This will be the only public notice concerning these actions.

FEMA also intends to provide HMGP funding to the State of North Carolina to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction of new facilities, modification of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of floodplains, demolition of structures, or other types of projects to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals, subsequent public notices will be published if necessary as more specific information becomes available.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government, federal contractors, and by recipients of federal financial assistance. Any recipient or sub-recipient of federal funds is required to make their programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Its protections apply to all programs and businesses that receive any federal funds. This applies to all elements of physical/architectural, programmatic and communication accessibility in all services and activities conducted by or funded by FEMA. FEMA intends to comply with the Rehabilitation Act in all federally conducted and assisted programs in alignment with the principals of whole community inclusion and universal accessibility.

As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the above-described actions under the PA, IA, and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMAR4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4393 NC EHAD”. Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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October 17, 2018 - 18:12