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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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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

potential.

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

unmet needs.

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