Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA)
After DSO information is reviewed by the state, PDAs may be scheduled. These could be assessments with state and local officials or, if it is apparent that a presidential disaster declaration may be necessary to assist in the recovery of the impacted area, the state will work with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 to request a joint federal, state PDA. TDEM will coordinate with local jurisdictions to schedule PDAs (both PA and IA as needed). Local participation is important to accurately assess the impacts of the disaster and jurisdictions may be requested to provide transportation for the PDA teams and a strategy for conducting the PDAs. For example, IA PDAs should concentrate on those residential structures and/or businesses that are classified as major damage or destroyed. Jurisdictions should provide detailed information such as estimates, locations and impacts to the community during the assessment.
PDAs may also include staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Texas Department of Agriculture and others as needed to meet requirements of other grant or loan programs possibly available for disaster assistance.