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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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crews can be accurately tracked? It is expected that each time this plan is implemented, minor

changes will be made to address new and unforeseen problems.

It was noted that several of the plans submitted chose to use a three-level approach. This

technique was adopted into the Accomack County plan as well. Having definite, clearly defined

levels of severity provides an opportunity to integrate selected requirements into several of the

unusual calls Accomack County experiences yearly. The development of this procedure makes

certain that everyone has the opportunity to become familiar with the plan’s requirements and the

appropriate response to those requirements. It also provides an opportunity to reinforce

readiness for the possibility of an actual event.

One evaluative source that has not been mentioned is obtaining feedback from the joint

PDA state and federal teams. Requesting that they fill-out short survey after completing the

PDA in Accomack County would provide valuable and comprehensive feed-back for future use.

Some questions that might be considered are: was the information presented in an appropriate

easy to follow manner, were you able to verify damage estimates made by the County teams,

were you given sufficient mapping information to find major structures and destroyed homes,

were evaluative measures consistent with State and FEMA guidelines? Armed with this kind of

information, a true evaluation and periodic updates of the plan could be made.

One final step for Accomack County to consider is the ability to post information on a

World Wide Web server. Accomack County is in second year of a five year GIS plan with the

fifth year seeing the ability to post GIS information over the internet. The County plan calls for

complete electronic collection and transmission of all assessment data including photographs of

all structures within the County and the capability to transmit this information County-wide.

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