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Five FEMA Facts for Community Associations

Friday, September 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Leslie Blum
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WORKING WITH LOCALITIES TO

REMOVE DEBRIS FROM PRIVATE ROADS

There are important steps your community association manager and/or board must take to have debris removal reimbursed by FEMA.  Following Hurricane Matthew, community associations in South Carolina saved millions of dollars on debris removal because they followed the bureaucratic process set forth by FEMA.

  1. Community associations will not be reimbursed by FEMA for debris removal.  Localities (i.e. City of Georgetown and City of Wilmington) must remove the debris for FEMA reimbursement.

  2. FEMA has issued a disaster-specific policy for Hurricane Florence that established debris removal from private roads (except gated communities) is in the public interest.

  3. Localities must have legal authority to remove debris.

  4. Community associations must submit a right of entry indemnification form to the locality.

  5. The state Emergency Management Act may provide the localities with the legal authority they need to remove debris from private communities impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Community Association Steps to Remove Debris

In addition to communicating with your residents, below is a list of steps you must take with your local municipality, so they will remove debris in your community and qualify for reimbursement by FEMA.

  • The community must be in contact with the local municipality; city/town manager, mayor, council, etc...  This contact must happen immediately.
  • Provide the locality with an example of a resolution they may pass to meet the legal obligation of removing debris. (Download example here).
  • Complete and submit the FEMA right of entry indemnification form to the locality.  This meets a FEMA requirement for reimbursement.
  • Provide the locality with the language from the North Carolina Emergency Management Act (see below) which appears to offer authority in this time of crisis.

Follow-Up with CAI

Please share with CAI your experience working with your locality.  It will be helpful for us to share the information with the Governor's office and with other localities. Please email dbauman@caionline.org and office@cai-nc.org with your experiences and with any questions. 


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