Rebuilding Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program: Repair? Replace? Relocate?

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...instances when a facility cannot be adequately flood-proofed or elevated, replacement becomes the only option.

It is important to understand that substantial damage determinations are not made by you, the state or FEMA. They are made by the local floodplain management official, thus it is important to coordinate with him/her as quickly in your recovery as possible.

Who determines which structures are“substantially damaged”?

Local government officials make “substantial damage” determinations based on the data that is collected. 5 To assist in the determination of substantial damage, it may be necessary to prepare a comprehensive damage estimate as described above.

How About Relocation?

If your facility is eligible for replacement, the next step is determining if it can be replaced at the same location. FEMA funds the permanent relocation 6 of a facility when:

If relocation is required, eligible work includes land acquisition and the construction of ancillary facilities such as roads and utilities 7 , in addition to work normally eligible as part of a facility reconstruction. For relocation to be cost-effective, the eligible costs associated with relocating the damaged facility must not exceed the cost of replacing the facility at its original location. Further guidance for relocations...

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“For relocation to be cost- effective, the eligible costs associated with relocating the damaged facility must not exceed the cost of replacing the facility at its original location.”

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