While the Northeast has faced hurricanes in the past, few have carried the devastating impact that Sandy has brought to the region. Well over 250 SchoolDude clients now reside in FEMA disaster zones and are doing all they can to clean up and rebuild as a winter storm poses a new threat.
SchoolDude is gathering help and resources to assist in this effort and we’re reaching out to those with more experience for advice. Has your district prevailed after a natural disaster? Were you able to recoup all of your loses from FEMA? Did you make any major mistakes that you learned from?
“The most important advice I have to offer is to document everything and break the work down into many smaller pieces so that any questions from FEMA do not hold up large sums of money.”
--Charles “Billy” Hayes, St. Charles Parish (Hurricane Katrina)
“Set up a Purpose Code on SchoolDude called H. Sandy [or similar]. This would be a great way to track all work orders back to the disaster. FEMA wants bids and quotes for everything. You will have a hard time getting reimbursement if the procurement process is not followed. Even if it is a service, FEMA wants it bid out or quoted.”
--Seth P. Holloway, Lafourche Parish School Board (Hurricane Katrina)
“I created a Project Code to which all work orders related to storm preparation, equipment rentals, purchase of materials, repairs to damages, and clean up were assigned. This makes it simple to get a detailed report to substantiate claims for reimbursement.”
--Gary Musial, Lower Merion School District
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