Hurricane Irma created extensive property damage throughout Georgia as it began to roll through in early September 2017. Property losses from the storm were caused by flooding, storm surge and wind. It has been a slow process for some counties to assess the damage due to efforts around evacuations, closings, power outages and depletion of supplies like gas, water and other resources. Counties should report claims for damage to their insured property to their insurance carrier as soon as possible, documenting the damage and maintaining frequent and clear communication with the claims adjuster. It is important to understand the county’s property insurance provisions due to the complexities around flooding, storm surge and named storms such as Irma.
Counties not only have an opportunity to recover from their insurance carriers, but they may receive assistance from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for uninsurable expenses. In preparation for Irma and anticipating evacuation efforts, FEMA made an Emergency declaration (EM-3387) on Sept. 8, 2017. The federal government then responded to the devastation following President Trump’s major FEMA disaster declaration (DR-4338) on Sept. 15, 2017. As a result, the clock has started ticking for public entities to file their Request for Public Assistance, FEMA Form 90-49. The form, labeled with the official disaster number (EM-3387 or DR-4338), needs to be submitted within 30 days of the declaration date. ACCG encourages counties to submit their requests as soon as practicable due to the numerous demands on funds available through FEMA.
The property losses following Irma may be extremely complex for public entities from a data and management standpoint, particularly for those entities not familiar with FEMA regulations and related claim procedures. MARSH, the Administrator for the ACCG Property & Liability Program (ACCG-IRMA), has a Forensic Accounting and Claims Services (FACS) Practice that can work with counties through those complex issues that may follow Hurricane Irma, helping them maximize their recovery and/or minimize their loss. Their staff has prepared hundreds of complex FEMA claims for clients totaling billions of dollars after federally-declared disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina and Matthew. They can provide assistance with:
The FEMA application process
Evaluation of FEMA’s prior disaster assistance and insurance purchase requirements
Tracking and allocating expenditures according to FEMA requirements
Eligibility advice with loss expenditures
Preparation of project worksheets including debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent repair and replacement work
Protect counties’ interest in scope repair disputes with FEMA
Integration of the insurance settlement into the FEMA recovery formula
Management of compliance with FEMA recovery guidelines
The final inspection and audit close-out process.
FACS utilizes powerful, proprietary technology tools that assist in expediting claims recoveries. They provide quick and secure online access to project information, including control over access privileges based on the level of involvement of each user. Their claims engineers can work with counties to address code upgrade issues, protect the counties’ interest in scope repair disputes with FEMA, and provide actual vs. hypothetical baseline schedule analyses. Their comprehensive services are aimed at helping counties improve the efficiency of the claims process and achieve their recovery goals.
The MARSH FEMA claim preparation fees are covered at the FEMA cost-share percentage that applies to the applicable disaster – referred to as Direct Administrative Costs (DAC).
For more information on this service or the county’s property insurance provisions, contact Ashley Abercrombie at 404-589-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Autry of MARSH at 404-995-2616 or email@example.com.
The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) will be kicking
off its 2018 summer grant program application period this month. GCIP helps connect
college students with internship opportunities in county government. Each
year, the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation provides funding to cover the costs of
up to 40 county internships in counties across the state through GCIP. To
date, 365 internship opportunities in 68 counties have been provided through
GCIP. In order to apply for a grant, counties must complete and submit the
grant application packet, which is being distributed via email to county
clerks. All applications should include a substantive county project that
provides a benefit to the county and to the intern. Prior participation does
not bar applicants from participating in the upcoming program and special
consideration is given to counties that have not previously participated.
If you have any questions about the application process or general
questions about the GCIP, please contact Michele NeSmith at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 404-522-5022.
Denard Anderson, Design & Media
Production Technology Major at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Interns with
Denard Anderson, a
Design & Media Production Technology major at Georgia Piedmont Technical
College, brought his production expertise to Clayton County as part of the 2016
Summer Georgia County Internship Program. While Anderson had no prior experience
in media operations, he was eager to learn and transfer his education into real
world experience. As a media intern, Anderson’s main responsibilities involved
editing video projects to help promote Clayton County.
internship, Anderson experienced just how hard county governments work to
inform and engage citizens on county matters. Aside from editing video
projects, which was his main duty, he also assisted in setting up lighting and
equipment for the studio. Anderson noted that his most significant success was
editing the "Sip & Sounds" Concert Series. This project required many
various editing procedures and helped him to rapidly develop applied editing
When asked about
the most impactful part of his internship, Anderson replied that he enjoyed the
effort required in editing video footage and watching the finished production,
as well as the applied knowledge he gained in video editing and media production.
He felt that the experience as a whole was very positive and enabled him to
gain real world knowledge in a field he wishes to work in professionally. As
far as future career plans, Anderson said he would absolutely consider a career
in county government.
information on the GCIP, please visit the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website
The ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation was one of 40 organizations recognized by the Atlanta Braves Foundation for "Outstanding
Contributions to the Community & Youth of Metro Atlanta." With more than 135 applications submitted for funding, the ACCG Civic
Affairs Foundation was honored to be one of the award recipients. In addition
to the award, the Foundation received a check in the amount
"We are glad to have our 'foot in this door' and know that the recognition received will amplify the great work of our Foundation." said ACCG Executive
Director Ross King.
King is pictured below accepting the award on behalf
of the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation.
The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) has lowered
the fees for its remaining 2017-18 public finance courses:
- 2-day classes are now
- 3-day classes are now
- 4-day classes are now
CSLF took this action to ensure
more government leaders -- and aspiring leaders -- have access to in-depth
instruction and vital networking opportunities, as part of its executive
education program. The Georgia State University program draws on the expertise
of faculty from one of the highest-ranked public finance schools in the
The next course is Government
Financial Statements and Accounting (download
course flyer), which takes place Nov. 28-Dec. 1. Register by Nov. 13. For
details and registration information, visit cslf.gsu.edu/training.