The Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) is a joint venture of FEMA, the State, and applicants to document the impact and magnitude of the disaster on individuals, families, businesses, and public property and to gather information for disaster management purposes. The Governor will use the information gathered during the PDA process to determine whether Federal assistance should be requested and forms the basis for the disaster declaration.
The PDA is conducted once the State determines that the recovery effort may be beyond State and local capabilities. State officials will ask the appropriate FEMA Regional Office to conduct a joint PDA with State and local officials in those areas defined by the State. All the damages or expenses must be assigned to the county or independent city in which they occurred, even those that belong to State agencies. After the PDA teams have documented the damage, the Governor will determine whether to request Federal disaster assistance. The Governor may limit the request for assistance or may seek the full range of assistance authorized under the type of declaration being requested. The Governor’s request is addressed to the President but submitted through the appropriate FEMA Regional Administrator.