1. This policy will facilitate national uniformity in determining eligibility for and duration of temporary relocation under the FEMA public assistance program.
2. SCOPE AND AUDIENCE: This policy is applicable to all major disasters and emergencies declared on or after the publication date of this policy. It is intended for use by all personnel involved in the administration of the FEMA public assistance program. This policy is effective on publication.
3. BACKGROUND: As a result of disasters, services provided at public and private nonprofit (PNP) facilities may be disrupted to the extent that they cannot continue unless they are temporarily relocated to another facility. Applicants may request that their services be relocated temporarily to continue that service. Criticality of the service and safety of the facility are the factors used to determine the need for temporary relocation.
Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (Stafford Act), authorizes FEMA to provide Federal assistance to meet immediate threats to life, and property resulting from a major disaster. Specifically, Section 403 (a)(3)(D) allows for the provision of temporary facilities for schools and other essential community services, when it is related to saving lives and protecting and preserving property or public health and safety. For essential facilities, temporary relocation may be eligible both for immediate relocation and/or for relocation during repairs/reconstruction when the repair/reconstruction is begun within the timelines outlined in this policy.