PUBLIC NOTICE 11/15/2019: APPLICATION FOR EMERGENCY BACK-UP POWER FOR CRITICAL FACILITIES- GENERATORS

Public Notice posted 11/05/2019:

JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE
11/5/2019 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.  

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations.  Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.  

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.  

Applicant:
Islamorada, Village of Islands

Project Title:
HMGP-4337- (630)-Village of Islands, Emergency Back-Up Power for Critical Facilities – Generators

Location of Proposed Work:
The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations:
86800 Overseas Hwy
81850 Overseas Hwy
74070 Overseas Hwy

Proposed Work and Purpose:
Work proposed will consist of installation of Manual Transfer Switch (MTS)mechanisms with associated cords cables and attachments required to utilize portable generation for identified locations.  The installation of larger capacity fuel tank in order to facilitate longer self-sustained emergency use of generators.

Project Alternatives:
The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) Installation of a solar array and battery backup system on each facility.

These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) The needs of the community would not be served if the department is incapable of responding, and/or does not have functioning facilities to support ongoing operations in the wake of a disaster; and Alternative 2) a solar array and battery backup system of sufficient size would prove to be substantially more costly and maintenance intensive. The system would also be extremely susceptible to damage during a storm, potentially rendering it non-functional and unable to support the needs of the community.

Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.  The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Islamorada Fire Rescue, Bureau of Emergency Management, 86800 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, FL 33036 or emailed to fire.department@islamorada.fl.us  These are due within 15 days of November 5, 2019.  The Village will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.  Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:

Fire Chief Terry Abel, Islamorada Fire Rescue, Office of Emergency Management
(305) 664-6490terry.abel@islamorada.fl.us 

Mindy Yang, State Environmental Specialist II, Florida Division of Emergency Management
(850) 815-4581Mindy.Yang@em.myflorida.com

HMGP Public Notice Template-Critical Facilites back Up 15 Day CP v2 draft