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Port of Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County: Figure 4 shows the breakdown of expenses per trailer at this park through March 2009.

Figure 4: Estimated Life-cycle Trailer Costs at Bienville through March 2009

Because there are only eight pads at Bienville, FEMA will spend about $229,000 for each trailer at the park through the March 2009 occupancy extension. Group site maintenance costs are dependent on the size of the site—”small” sites contain 50 trailer pads or less. In other words, FEMA wastes money by operating sites with very few pads because the GSM costs will be the same if a park has 1 trailer pad or 50. In this case, FEMA spends over $576,000 per year—$72,000 per trailer—for site maintenance. To save on this expense, FEMA could have assigned this park to the GSM contractor with the lowest bid price to service a small park. This contractor would only have charged FEMA about $76,000 per year to service Bienville—$9,500 per trailer. When we asked FEMA officials about the distribution of work at the sites, they told us that they “grasped” what pads they could get in the aftermath of the storm. FEMA did not indicate that it has reevaluated the distribution of work at the sites since that time.

Sunset Ingalls Park in Jackson County: Figure 5 shows the breakdown of expenses per trailer at this park through March 2009.

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