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This field guide serves as a quick reference tool for State/Federal Preliminary Damage Assessment Team members.

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Why do a Damage Assessment?

  • Determine the impact and magnitude of an event.
  • Identify unmet needs of individuals, businesses, the public sector and the community as a whole.
  • Give off-scene responders the information they need to plan for assistance.