Disaster Damage Assessment

Before, during and after a disaster, the local emergency manager communicates with the Virginia Emergency Operations Center through conference calls, situation reports and requests for assistance. Within 72 hours of an event, the local government will provide a Cumulative Local Initial Damage Assessment Report, or IDA, a summary of damages to homes, businesses and public infrastructure.

IDAs are divided into two categories.

  • Assessments for the Individual Assistance Program document damages to residences, businesses, nonprofit organizations and agricultural structures.
  • Assessments for the Public Assistance Program document damages to publicly owned roads, buildings and equipment, and estimates for debris management and emergency protective measures (opening the local EOC, delivering generators to shelters, etc.)

In addition, local governments can use an IDA Telephone Report to record citizen and business calls about disaster impacts.

The IDA report should be submitted to the Local Liaison Section at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center by phone: (804) 674-2400, by fax: (804) 674-2419 or by e-mail: veoc@vdem.virginia.gov.

PowerPoint™ Presentations on disaster damage assessment field teams, damage categories, assessment forms, public assistance infrastructure damage estimates, replacement costs and the disaster cycle are available for download. Job Aides that define DHS-FEMA disaster program damage categories are also available for download.

Job Aids

  • Individual Assistance Damage Assessment Level Guidelines, color: 117kb doc| 56kb PDF
  • Individual Assistance Damage Assessment Level Guidelines, black and white: 64kb doc| 53kb PDF
  • Public Assistance Damage Assessment Level Guidelines, color: 114kb doc| 53kb PDF
  • Public Assistance Damage Assessment Level Guidelines, black and white: 62kb doc| 54kb PDF
Forms

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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund