Preliminary Damage Assessment
company and website supporting the questionnaire. A cover letter including the website link was
sent to jurisdictions, counties and cities within the states of Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.
A complete list of jurisdictions can be found in appendix A. Jurisdictions were selected because
of proximity to coastal waters and the potential to experience surge based flooding in the event
of a hurricane or similar weather event. The decision to limit the survey to MD, DE and VA
jurisdictions was based upon similarities in geographic location and weather related threat
Each jurisdiction received a cover letter, via e-mail, with a direct web link to the survey
site. The survey was designed to take no longer than five minutes and was a combination of
short answer, yes/no, and short essay type questions. The questions were based on information
gleaned from the literary review and open enough to allow respondents to describe their own
damage assessment system. At the completion of the questionnaire, localities with plans in place
were asked to forward copy of any re-entry, as well as, the preliminary assessment plans
currently in place.
A cover letter was sent on February 10, 2007 to a total of 41 jurisdictions. As of this
writing, a total of 21 responses have been received. This is a return rate of 51%.
Definition of Terms
Preliminary Damage Assessment – A detailed assessment of residential, commercial, and public
properties as well as systems to determine a dollar loss.
Initial Damage Assessment – A rapid assessment of damage to a community and the resulting