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Figure 5: Estimated Life-cycle Trailer Costs at Sunset Ingalls through March 2009

Sunset Ingalls has 102 trailer pads and is therefore classified as a large park (101 to 300 pads) for GSM purposes. FEMA pays the GSM contractor about $500,000 per year for maintenance at a large park, as opposed to $244,000 to service a medium sized park with 100 pads or less. Therefore, the additional two pads increase the GSM costs for this park by almost $260,000 per year. To save on this yearly cost, FEMA could have originally placed these two pads at another site with available space—-there are five group sites and one commercial site located near Sunset Ingalls. 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.

Ellzey Parcel in Harrison County: Figure 6 shows the breakdown of expenses per trailer at this park through March 2009.

Figure 6: Estimated Trailer Costs at Ellzey Parcel through March 2009

FEMA pays the landowner $17,000 per month, or $204,000 annually, to lease the property for this large group site, which contains 170 trailer pads. This lease amount is significantly higher than at the other 38

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