Preliminary Damage Assessment
some plans included crews with digital cameras, very little was mentioned regarding the need
and importance of gathering photo documentation prior to public re-entry to begin the clean up
process. The lack of photographic documentation immediately following an event poses a series
of serious issues when a locality attempts to verify both reconstruction costs and damage
assessment figures. The lack of quantifiable data can delay or eliminate the community’s
eligibility for state and federal funds. The number of jurisdictions responding to the
questionnaire request was also a limiting factor in sample size. According to Krejcie and
Morgran, (1970) sample sizes should have been much higher than those received. In order to
have a representative sample, a significantly higher number of responses should have been
returned in order to draw valid conclusions.
Comparison to Response to Krejcie & Morgan’s (1970) Recommended Sample Size
Suggested Sample Size
What, if any, Local or State PDA’s Exist?
A search of the World Wide Web (WWW) produced several Preliminary Damage
Assessment plans. These included the State of Delaware, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the
State of Michigan, Streans County, MN, Polk County, OR, Charlotte County, NC, and the City
of Los Angeles, CA.