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Damage from a disaster created security vulnerabilities at a facility. The security vulnerability was subsequently utilized to vandalize or steal transit assets. Is the repair or replacement of such vandalized or stolen assets an eligible expense?

No. The transit provider may receive ER funds for emergency protective measures (such as additional security personnel), temporary repairs, and permanent repairs that address the security vulnerability. Reimbursement for property intentionally damaged or stolen is not an eligible expense under the ER program.

Can transit agencies use FEMA’s Schedule of Equipment Rates to calculate the cost of eligible equipment use during emergency operations?

Yes. At the applicant’s discretion, FEMA’s Schedule of Equipment Rates may be used to calculate the cost of the use FTA ER funding applicant owned equipment in good mechanical condition, complete with all required attachments.

Can recovery and rebuilding funds be used to repair a damaged facility with materials that are more resilient than the original materials?

Yes. Recovery funds can be used to repair a facility with materials or features that are more resilient than the original facility if those materials or features are integral to the repair of the facility (not functionally independent) and cost effective. For example, elevating communications cables when replacing cables destroyed during a storm or using a stronger roofing material to replace a roof blown off by the storms may be eligible as recovery expenses.

Can ER funds allocated to repair damage to a facility be used instead in the purchase or construction of a new replacement facility?

ER funds allocated to repair damage to a facility may be used for another eligible project at the discretion of the grant recipient. However, the purchase or construction of a new replacement facility is only eligible if the damaged facility for which funds are allocated is not repairable and must be rebuilt.

How does the repair of a facility affect its useful life?

A temporary repair of a facility is unlikely to affect the useful life of a facility. A permanent repair may extend the useful life, depending on the type of repair. Determinations on if and how a repair affects the useful life of a facility will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be indicated in the grant agreement. Considerations will include the remaining useful life of the facility before the storms, the extent of the repairs, and whether the repairs include any resilience features or other improvements.

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