FSD 64 - Emergency evacuation and loss
This directive is designed to provide for the emergency evacuation of an employee and/or a dependant from a mission in the event of hostilities, natural disaster or other threatening circumstances; to safeguard an employee's material possessions during such absence; and to provide compensation for any loss resulting from the event which causes the evacuation.
64.01 The deputy head, or where insufficient time or inadequate communications exist, the senior officer at the Mission, may authorize the emergency evacuation of an employee and/or a dependant from a mission to a suitable location, including Canada, and if subsequent conditions warrant, their return to the mission where:
(a) hostilities, natural disaster or other threatening circumstances necessitate such evacuation in order to ensure the safety of the person concerned;
(b) no effective purpose, in particular the protection and emergency evacuation of other Canadian nationals, would be served by having the employee remain on duty at the mission; and
(c) such evacuation is more reasonable and expedient than direct transfer to another mission or to Canada in accordance with FSD 15 - Relocation.
1. The duration of the application of these provisions shall be reviewed at least every 30 days by the deputy head, in order to terminate emergency evacuation provisions as soon as practicable.
2. The preferred evacuation location for dependants is the headquarters city due to the availability of medical and educational facilities, particularly where the evacuation is expected to last for several months. The deputy head may agree to a location more convenient to the mission, particularly for shorter-term evacuations.
Travelling and Living Expenses
64.02 The authorized travelling and actual and reasonable living expenses of an employee and/or dependant(s) evacuated pursuant to this directive may be paid during the period of such evacuation, where temporary accommodation will normally be an apartment hotel or like accommodation providing meal preparation facilities, travelling accommodation and per diem entitlements for meals and incidentals will be in accordance with the provisions of FSD 8 - Short-term assignments outside Canada.
Related Provisions - General
64.03 Where an employee who has been evacuated pursuant to this directive is assigned to another Mission or to Canada instead of returning to the former mission, FSD 15 - Relocation shall apply.
64.04 An employee evacuated pursuant to this directive is deemed to be on duty from the day of departure from the Mission until the return to that mission or assignment to another mission or to Canada as the case may be.
1. The provisions of FSD 55 - Post living allowance, cease 25 compensation days after evacuation from the mission (FSD 55.05 and 55.06 refer). If the employee is assigned temporarily to another Mission and is receiving temporary duty benefits, no FSD 55 benefits would be earned beyond the initial 25 days.
2. The provisions of FSD 56 - Foreign service incentive allowances, including 56.10, continue to apply while on emergency evacuation (FSD 64.04 refers).
3. The provisions of FSD 58 - Post differential allowance, cease 25 compensation days after evacuation from the mission (FSD 58.03 refers).
Employee at Mission During Emergency Evacuation Conditions
64.05 Where emergency evacuation conditions exist, the deputy head shall authorize payment to an employee for actual and reasonable lodging, meals, gratuities and personal service expenses incurred during the period the employee is required to remain at the mission in temporary accommodation.
Actual and reasonable expenses for meals should not normally exceed the mission per-diem amounts. In special circumstances, however, the deputy head may consider a higher limit on the recommendation of Mission management.
Safeguarding of Employees' Material Possessions
64.06 The senior officer at the mission is authorized to approve actual and reasonable expenditures of public funds in order to safeguard the employee's material possessions against the events which caused the evacuation.
Loss and Damage of Employees' Material Possessions
(a) The purpose of this section is to compensate an employee for damage/loss of personal and/or household effects, including monetary loss, where such loss is attributable to an emergency evacuation or to a natural disaster or catastrophic event:
(i) which would only be insured by a "high-risk" policy of insurance; or
(ii) which would have been avoided or minimized if the employee had not been evacuated, and/or
(iii) which would otherwise have been covered by the employee's standard policy of insurance, which has been invalidated by the insurer.
(b) Subject to Section 64.08, where an employee has suffered loss and/or damage of material possessions because the events described in Section 64.01 have occurred, whether or not there has been an emergency evacuation, the deputy head may authorize compensation for such loss/damage up to the maximum amount established in FSD 15.20 for loss and/or damage of personal and household effects, and for monetary loss only in the form of bank deposits, up to an amount equal to six months' salary, where,
(i) compensation shall be determined in accordance with the relevant provisions of FSD 15 - Relocation, for damage and/or loss of household effects on relocation, as appropriate;
(ii) the amount of compensation, if any, to be paid for monetary loss, where the deputy head considers that the employee has not taken reasonable precautions against such loss, shall be determined by the appropriate foreign service interdepartmental co-ordinating committee; and
(iii) compensation shall include the amount of any insurance deductible charged against a special high-risk insurance policy which provides protection from natural disasters, civil unrest, or other events which may cause an emergency evacuation;
(c) In the absence of a standard tenant's policy of insurance for personal and household effects, an employee may only claim compensation for damage/loss of effects,
(i) where a standard tenant's policy of insurance for personal and household effects would not cover the risk or would be invalidated by that risk; or
(ii) where the damage/loss would have been avoided or minimized if the employee had not been evacuated;
(iii) the amount of compensation payable for loss/damage of effects shall be reduced by an amount determined by the deputy head, on the advice of the appropriate foreign service interdepartmental co-ordinating committee, to reflect the cost of a standard tenant's policy in Ottawa for personal and household effects, on the basis of the employee's inventory, for the period of time from the date of occupancy of permanent accommodation at the mission to the end of the policy year in which the evacuation occurred.
1. When the deputy head declares an evacuation and an employee is required to remain at mission for operational reasons, the employee will be deemed to have been evacuated for the purposes of FSD 64.07.
2. It is the employee's responsibility to take out a standard tenant's policy of insurance for personal and household effects. Except as specified in Sections 64.07(a) and (c), a claim for damage/loss of effects which would be covered by such a policy will not be considered under this directive.
3. Where employees are evacuated and do not return to mission, claims up to $500 for the loss of foodstuffs and perishable items will be accepted without receipts. Alternatively, claims beyond this amount should be supported by receipts, for all losses claimed.
4. Where employees are evacuated and return to mission, claims up to $500 for the loss of foodstuffs and perishable items shall be considered by the deputy head on the recommendation of Mission administration. Alternatively, claims beyond this amount may be considered, when supported by receipts, for all losses claimed.
5. Where inventories have not been updated prior to evacuation, the inventory for relocation to the mission will be used.
6. For those items obtained after arrival at mission and not yet added to the employee's inventory, reimbursement will be considered on the basis of proof of purchase and possession acceptable to the deputy head.
7. On April 1, 2009, the maximum amount of compensation established in FSD 15.20 is $140,000; this excludes monetary loss.
64.08 Any reimbursement from insurance or other source received by the employee as payment for incurred losses shall be reported by the employee and deducted from the compensation referred to in Section 64.07.
64.09 On initial evacuation from a mission, an employee may claim the cost of two five minute person-to-person long distance telephone calls, one to an employee's relative or designated next-of-kin and one, if applicable, to a spouse's or common-law partner's relative or designated next-of-kin. When evacuation results in accompanying dependants being separated from an employee for more than five days, the employee may claim the cost of a weekly five-minute station-to-station long distance telephone call to the location of the separated dependants during the period of emergency evacuation.
The entitlement to a weekly telephone call to separated dependants shall be limited to the period of emergency evacuation during which the employee and/or dependants are occupying temporary accommodation and shall cease when the dependants are relocated under FSD 15 - Relocation or when the employee is entitled to receive family separation assistance under FSD 18 - Special family separation assistance.
64.10 In addition to the provisions of Section 64.02, the deputy head may approve reimbursement for costs related to the evacuation which are not otherwise covered. Possible expenses include, but are not necessarily limited to:
(a) shipment of pets, normally as accompanying baggage, or by air freight if necessary;
(b) an accountable commercial transportation allowance of $100 weekly in Canada, except where there is a car in storage in the headquarter's city, or where an advance has been authorized for the purchase of a replacement vehicle for dependants;
(c) an additional accountable commercial transportation allowance in Canada, where a rental car is used for school transportation,
with amounts in (b) and (c) not to exceed the amount as determined by the deputy head for rental of a mid-size vehicle on a monthly basis;
(d) boarding of pets:
(i) at the mission for the period of the evacuation; or
(ii) at the evacuation location in the event that hotels do not accept pets.
64.11 Additional provisions related to emergency evacuation are contained in the appendix to this directive.
Related provisions - Emergency evacuation
It is the responsibility of individual departments which are or may be involved in evacuation procedures to co-ordinate the implementation of the provisions of FSD 64 and related directives.
These related provisions recognize that emergency evacuation from a mission may result in an unanticipated financial burden on the employees involved. The following provisions have been developed to assist in defraying such expenses during the period of evacuation. In the event of loss or damage to the employee's household effects resulting from the evacuation, the provisions of FSD 15 - Relocation shall apply, subject to the provisions of Section IV of this Appendix.
In the case of loss or damage for which compensation is not otherwise payable under this directive or under FSD 15 - Relocation, the deputy head may request the President of the Treasury Board to authorize the payment of such reasonable compensation as is considered appropriate, having regard to the circumstances.
I Accountable advances
(a) Upon evacuation of the employee and/or dependants, the deputy head may authorize one or more accountable advances to replace essential items of household effects, clothing or children's toys which have been left at the mission and, in the event of evacuation to a third country, essential items which duplicate those in storage at headquarters. Advances may only be used to purchase items which duplicate items listed on the employee's inventories (see Guideline). Section IV(b) refers to compensation where items which have been replaced are subsequently recovered. The maximum amount of the advance(s) shall not exceed:
(i) $2,500 for an employee, or
(ii) $2,500 for the spouse or common-law partner of an employee, where an employee is not evacuated or the spouse or common-law partner of an employee precedes the employee on emergency evacuation, and
(iii) $1,000 for an employee where the employee's spouse or common-law partner has received an advance of $2,500, and
(iv) $1,000 for each dependant accompanying the employee and/or spouse or common-law partner on emergency evacuation.
The employee shall submit an updated inventory following emergency evacuation which is based on the inventory of effects shipped to the mission and clearly indicates any additions or deletions to the inventory subsequent to arrival at the mission.
(b) Notwithstanding that an employee and/or dependants may have received an advance for the purchase of essential items following emergency evacuation, where the Mission has been unable to ship the employee's household effects, the deputy head may authorize a further accountable advance up to the depreciated value of the household effects left at the mission from which the employee was evacuated, as listed in the employee's inventory, reduced by the amount of any previous advance made for the purchase of essential items left at the mission, when:
(i) the employee is officially notified of a cross-posting or an assignment to duty in Canada other than temporary duty, or
(ii) the family is reunited in permanent accommodation.
(c) Notwithstanding FSD 4 - Accountable advances, an accountable advance may be issued to a dependant for any expenditure authorized under FSD 64 and related provisions where an employee accepts responsibility for repayment in accordance with this appendix. Where such accountable funds are issued to a dependant, they are deemed to be issued to the employee.
II Deemed loss
The deputy head may, on the advice of the Head of Mission, and with the concurrence of the appropriate foreign service interdepartmental co-ordinating committee, deem effects to have been lost following an emergency evacuation if recovery has not been effected within 12 months of the employee's departure from the mission. At the discretion of the deputy head, personal clothing which the employee has duplicated and which remains in storage away from the employee's place of duty may be deemed to have been lost.
III Accounting and claim procedure
(a) An employee who has been issued an advance under these provisions shall submit receipts to substantiate the purchase of essential household effects, clothing and children's toys within 90 days of the issuance of the advance.
(b) Where there is actual or deemed loss/damage of household effects, an employee who has received an accountable advance under these provisions shall submit a claim for compensation to settle the advance in accordance with the provisions of this Appendix and FSD 15 - Relocation related to loss/damage of effects within 90 days from the date:
(i) of taking possession of household effects,
(ii) the deputy head establishes that household effects have been lost, or
(iii) effects are "deemed lost" by the deputy head,
whichever is the earliest.
(c) Where an employee has not received an advance under these provisions and there is an actual or deemed loss/damage of household effects, the employee shall submit a claim for compensation in accordance with FSD 15 - Relocation, subject to the provisions of Section IV of this Appendix.
(d) An employee who has received an accountable advance in accordance with these provisions and who is not submitting a claim against the Crown for damage/loss of household effects, shall account for such advance in full:
(i) immediately upon settlement from a third party, for example, private insurer, or
(ii) within 90 days from the date of taking possession of household effects,
whichever is earlier.
IV Compensation for loss/damage
(a) Compensation for loss of personal and household effects which are not recovered following emergency evacuation shall be in accordance with the provisions of FSD 15 - Relocation for compensation for damage or loss of household effects.
(b) Compensation for loss/damage of personal and household effects which are subsequently recovered following emergency evacuation shall be in accordance with the provisions of FSD 15 - Relocation, related to loss/damage except that the employee shall have the option of:
(i) retaining recovered articles which have been duplicated under the provisions of Section II, in which case compensation shall be limited to one-half of the replacement cost value of the articles recovered, or
(ii) refusing acceptance of recovered articles which have been duplicated under the provision of Section II in which case compensation shall be in accordance with the replacement cost value of the articles recovered, and ownership of such articles shall vest in the Crown.
(c) The employee has the right to claim compensation for loss/damage of personal and household effects in accordance with this directive or FSD 15 - Relocation, except that an employee shall not claim compensation for the same article more than once, whether under the provisions of the Foreign Service Directives or a private insurance policy.
V Personal automobile
(a) Automobile left at mission
(i) Where an employee has been unable to sell the automobile privately and the Mission has been unable to sell or ship the automobile within six months of the employee's evacuation, the employee shall have the following options:
(A) ask the Mission to continue efforts to ship, or
(B) ask the Mission to continue efforts to sell, or
(C) request Crown purchase, in which case the deputy head shall arrange for the purchase of the automobile by the Crown,
except that where an employee elects to continue efforts to ship or sell the automobile, option (C) shall not be available to that employee at a later date, unless, in the opinion of the deputy head, there are exceptional circumstances which justify such an election at a later date.
(ii) Where the automobile is purchased by the Crown, the following purchase price shall apply:
(A) for an automobile more than one year old, the retail value as determined by the deputy head on the recommendation of the appropriate foreign service interdepartmental co-ordinating committee:
(1) as at time of shipping, where the employee/dependant has not taken possession of the automobile at the mission,
(2) as at time of the employee's evacuation, where the automobile has been in use at the mission, except that where the Head of Mission has authorized safe storage of the automobile prior to the employee's evacuation, the retail value shall be determined at the time the automobile is placed in safe storage,
(B) for an automobile less than one year old, the retail value as determined by the deputy head on the recommendation of the appropriate foreign service interdepartmental co-ordinating committee, or purchase cost depreciated by 2% per month for each month from the date of possession, excluding periods where the Head of Mission has authorized safe storage, whichever is the greater, except that where the employee/dependant has never taken possession of the automobile, no depreciation shall apply.
(b) Replacement Automobile - Advance
(i) An employee may request an accountable advance for the purchase of a replacement automobile at any time within six months of an evacuation. The advance shall not exceed the Crown's purchase price of the automobile left at the mission, as determined under Section V(a) of these provisions and shall be repaid in full at the time:
(A) the automobile at the mission is purchased by the Crown, or
(B) the automobile at the mission is sold privately, or
(C) the employee/dependant takes delivery of the automobile, or
(D) the replacement vehicle is sold, or
(E) one year from the date of the employee's evacuation,
whichever is earliest;
(ii) An employee may request an accountable advance for a replacement automobile for use by evacuated dependants, where the employee remains at the mission and the dependants are evacuated for a period of more than 30 days. The advance shall not exceed the retail value of the automobile at the mission as determined under Section V(a) of these provisions and shall be repaid in full at the time:
(A) the employee's dependants return to the mission, or
(B) the replacement vehicle is sold, or
(C) the employee is subsequently evacuated, or
(D) the employee is reassigned,
whichever is earliest, except that:
(1) where an employee is subsequently evacuated, the provisions of Section V(b)(i) apply, and
(2) where an employee is reassigned from a mission where evacuation procedures are still in effect, and is unable to sell or to ship the automobile, the deputy head may authorize Crown purchase of the automobile, the purchase price to be determined as in Section V(a).
Where normal insurance coverage does not apply to loss or damage of an automobile due to riot, insurrection or like risks, a claim may be made in accordance with the general principles of international law concerning state responsibility. In unusual circumstances, a submission for compensation for loss or damage to an automobile may be made to the President of the Treasury Board.
VI Posting loan
(a) Repayment of the posting loan may, at the request of the employee, be suspended from the date of evacuation of the employee. No interest shall be calculated on the principal during the period of suspension.
(b) Repayments for a posting loan shall resume on return to mission, on cross-posting, or on assignment to duty in Canada, other than temporary duty, with the repayment period extended to recognize the period of suspension. Where an employee is cross-posted, a new loan may be negotiated in accordance with FSD 10 - Posting loan, up to the appropriate maximum amount at the current interest rate, that is, the new loan representing the difference in principal between the allowable maximum and the balance on the old loan.
VII Removal of effects
(a) Where items stored pursuant to FSD 15 - Relocation are required by the employee and/or dependant, the deputy head may authorize the necessary arrangements and approve for payment the expenses for packing, crating, transporting, unpacking and other costs related to the removal of such effects.
(b) At the discretion of the deputy head, Section VII(a) may be applied to effects remaining at the employee's mission.
At the discretion of the deputy head, all or any of these provisions may be extended to employees who are reassigned from a mission where evacuation procedures are in effect.
IX Shelter cost
Where an employee and accompanying dependant(s) have been evacuated in accordance with the provisions of FSD 64, shelter cost shall continue to be paid in accordance with FSD 25.11 and 25.12 of FSD 25 - Shelter.
FSD 66 - Death abroad of an employee or dependant
Where an employee or a dependant dies abroad during the period of the employee's posting, the employer may authorize the payment of certain expenses related to the occurrence, which are in excess of expenses which would have been incurred had death occurred at the employee's headquarters city.
66.01 Where an employee dies at a post, the deputy head may authorize payment of:
(a) the cost at the place where death occurred for ambulance, hearse, embalming or cremation, outside case (not a coffin), and any other essential costs in excess of those which would have been incurred had death occurred at the employee's headquarters city, and
(b) transportation expenses of the body from the place where death occurred to the place of internment less the transportation expenses that would have been incurred between the place of interment and the employee's headquarters city,
reduced by any amount payable under worker's compensation or other appropriate laws for funeral and transportation expenses.
66.02 The deputy head may authorize the payment of expenses itemized in Section 66.01 in the event of the death of a dependant who
(a) was residing with the employee at the post, or
(b) was a dependent student as defined in FSD 2.01(l).
The expenses incurred for an escort or for members of the employee's family unit are payable under FSD 54 - Compassionate Travel.