Preliminary Damage Assessment
Emergency Management needs of the County during large scale, manmade and natural disasters.
The Director of Public Safety also serves as the Coordinator of Emergency Management. One
of the job responsibilities of this position is to provide local, state and federal officials with
damage assessment figures post a large scale event.
Although damage assessment plans and procedures can be used with any type of major
destructive event, this paper will focus on high wind, high water events associated with tropical
storms and hurricanes. The justification for this narrow emphasis is these specific conditions
would be the most catastrophic to our community. Currently without a damage assessment plan
in place, Accomack County has been essentially shooting from the hip [italics added] whenever
damage assessment figures have been needed. The problem is that without a comprehensive
Preliminary Damage Assessment plan the County can not accuracy document the need for
federal, individual and or public assistance [PA] post disaster.
The purpose of the research is to evaluate existing preliminary damage assessment plans
and identify key elements for use in developing a plan for Accomack County.
In compiling this paper, Action research was applied in the development of a PDA plan
for Accomack County.
This paper will investigate the following questions:
1.) What, if any, local or state plans exist?
2.) What are the identified essential elements in the PDA plans?
3.) What, if any, are the specific findings that could be applied in the development of a PDA
plan for Accomack County?