Summer storm season is upon us and many local governments are experiencing local storm damage. But many local governments only conduct damage assessments when there is a prospect for a FEMA declaration. Technology and workflow improvements have made damage assessments more efficient to conduct, thus, enabling the Emergency Manager to execute their damage assessment process to document local storm damage.
But what are the benefits to the local government in doing so? Here are five: Continue Reading
After a disaster local government, state representatives, and FEMA work together to perform a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) to determine the impact and magnitude of the damage and survey the needs of the community.
In 2008 the Government Accountability Office reported these initial damage estimates immediately following a disaster have been off by over 55%.
Percentage Difference between Estimated and Actual Costs for 83 Noncatastrophic Natural Disasters from 2000 through 2004
The inaccuracies with the preliminary damage assessments has caused FEMA problems in trying to determine the funding levels needed and caused local communities problems in determining resources needed for recovery efforts, such as workload for debris removal contractors and building code inspectors.
In a May 2012 the DHS Office of Inspector General documented several reasons for the inaccuracies of PDAs: Continue Reading