FEMA Deductibles? | Hot 5

  • Published: February 8, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know


    BONUS: Scroll to the end for Hot 5’s Hot Tip on #hashtags


    1. FEMA Considers Deductible Requirements for Counties

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering administrative changes that would require individual deductibles for each county that must be met before federal disaster assistance would be available. Details on this proposal have not been finalized, but it is prospective only and would not impact any event which has already occurred. However, the change would likely result in Alabama counties assuming a larger portion of the recovery cost before federal funds would be available. Clearly, the Association is concerned about this change. Public comment on the proposed rule is open until March 21, 2016. Please use this link to learn more and to provide comment on this important proposed change.


    2. U.S. Communities Sets Educational Summits in Alabama

    The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance has scheduled 2 educational events, called “Strategic Sourcing Summits,” in the state later this month. The alliance, an initiative of NACo and other organizations that represent local governments, allows for purchasing through a national network designed to reduce costs. Lunch is provided at the free events, and you can download the flyers for additional info.

    • Prattville – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Marriott Legends
    • Birmingham – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, Ross Bridge

    Strategic Sourcing Summits Flyers 

    3. PALS Spring Cleanup Supplies Available Mid-March

    With logistical help from many counties, more than 380 tons of litter were removed from Alabama roadways during the People Against a Littered State (PALS) Statewide Spring Cleanup last year. (See PALS Newsletter) In preparation for the 2016 event, PALS has asked if counties would again help distribute the trash bags to community groups throughout the state. Materials should be ready for pickup in Montgomery by March 15, and ACCA will help coordinate so that counties can also pick up supplies for neighboring counties. Marcia Collier (mcolllier@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594) is coordinating the project this year, and you can reach her in the ACCA office you have questions.


    4. Keeping Up Momentum for the DRIVE Alabama Campaign

    Counties are putting in significant amounts of time, energy and resources in support of the DRIVE Alabama campaign, and it is moving the needle on the issue of additional revenue for roads and bridges!

    Appreciation is expressed to everyone who has participated in County Road Tours and related events. It is a powerful thing to see and understand local road needs to this extent, and the news coverage has been outstanding. DRIVE Alabama – for the future of Alabama’s roads!

    Several next steps have been identified to enhance efforts to reach those who will be asked to vote in favor of additional revenue for county roads and bridges, as described in this recent memo from Sonny Brasfield. The memo mentions three key strategies:

    • Through the DRIVE Alabama survey, citizens have spoken up about the road and bridge projects that would be their highest priorities. At your next commission meeting, a discussion of your county’s specific survey responses (attached to memo) – and the additional revenue needed to address them – could help continue the conversation.
    • Photos illustrating the problems faced in your county are an effective way of communicating, and these photos and supporting info can be emailed to Donna Key (dkey@alabamacounties.org).
    • In addition to your established ways of responding to citizen requests about road issues, encouraging citizens to add their request to the statewide survey can help show how much this issue matters to Alabamians. Here are suggested talking points and a draft email for your convenience:


    5. County Days at the Legislature Begin Next Week

    The first County Day at the Legislature is Tuesday, Feb. 16! The unified voice of county government will be strong with active participation from Butler, Elmore, Geneva, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, St Clair and Walker counties. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a briefing and lunch at the ACCA Office (100 N. Jackson Street) and then followed by an afternoon of lobbying at the Alabama State House. More details will be distributed to counties this week.

    Here are a couple of reminders to make the most of County Day:

    • Remember to RSVP to Brandy Perry (bperry@alabamacounties.org) with a head count of commissioners and staff leaders coming to Montgomery from your county.
    • If your county hasn’t already contacted your legislators, there is still time to let them know you are coming and set a time to see them when you are in the State House.


    Hot 5’s Hot Tip

    Social Media Tip: Using the #DriveAlabama #hashtagbigstock-Hot-Tip-80952245 button 2 only

    Adding the hashtag #DriveAlabama to social media posts and tweets is a great way to show that you are supporting this statewide effort to develop a sustainable, long-range plan for infrastructure. And it strengthens the campaign!

    You can think of your favorite college sports team for an idea of how to use the hashtag. Enthusiastic football fans know when it is appropriate to add a “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” to their comments – and you can use #DriveAlabama in a similar way.

    See a Facebook post about a road issue? When you comment, add the hashtag to the end of your message.

    For example:  The local newspaper’s article about road needs is posted on Facebook. You might comment something like, This is really a statewide problem that needs a long-term solution #DriveAlabama


    Notice: The ACCA office will be closed February 15 for Presidents Day.