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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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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.

Table 1

Comparison to Response to Krejcie & Morgan’s (1970) Recommended Sample Size

Sample Group

Total

Response Received

Suggested Sample Size

Population

Localities surveyed

41

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RESULTS

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.

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