FEMA Issues Coalition

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 The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted unanimously to endorse a strategy to develop a statewide coalition to address Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues impacting Florida local governments and their citizens at their regular meeting held on Tuesday, April 22. The Collier County-sponsored initiative includes reaching out to state and federal elected officials, as well as to local governments, state agencies and other entities that have been negatively impacted by FEMA actions and inactions.

The plan the BCC approved is to invite similarly affected local governments and organizations to a meeting in Orlando in conjunction with the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference, which is scheduled June 17-20, 2014. The FEMA Issues Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Nassau meeting room, Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Orange County.

Collier County is pursuing a corrective response that reverses FEMA’s deobligation of more than $11.1 million in funding previously approved by both the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) and FEMA. The funds were awarded to Collier County in response to damages from Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005.

This deobligation is part of the “Disallowed Cost Initiative” program which was instituted by FEMA on November 16, 2011. The goal of this program was to recover $800 million in previously obligated funds. Through 2012, more than 200 cities, counties, schools, state agencies and a myriad of other organizations throughout Florida have experienced approximately $275 million in deobligations.

In addition, Collier County is experiencing difficulty with FEMA over the agency’s handling of floodplain map review and approval. Collier County has spent more than $400,000 to update floodplain basins information. FEMA has now indicated that it lacks adequate funds to review updated Collier County’s floodplain maps.

Collier County has not been successful in addressing FEMA problems on its own. The intent is to engage in a conversation with others having comparable issues with FEMA and possibly forming a statewide coalition of those with unified common problems. The goal is to most effectively and efficiently resolve conflicts with FEMA.
 Group 1

 Most Recent Developments:

 MEMO to Ochs 7 11 14 re FEMA Issues Meeting 6 18 Orlando
 Sen Nelson letter from FAC 6.19.14
FEMA Agenda 5 13 14 (2)
FEMA Letter 5.13.14
FEMA Plan approval 4.23.14
 FEMA RESOLUTION executed 5.1.14
Executive Summary 2014 FEMA strategy 3 18 14 Final 
FEMA ISSUES 3 18 14 bullets for briefing 
FL Deobligation 
 FEMA Issues Interest Form
 Group 3

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