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Individual Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) for Fire Checklist

An Individual Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) for Fire is a form from FEMA used by emergency management officials to assess damage caused to a property by fire.

 This page will discuss:

  • Individual assistance PDA-fire requirements
  • The purpose of an individual assistance PDA-fire checklist
  • Benefits of using an individual assistance PDA-fire app‍

What are the requirements of the Individual assistance PDA-fire form?

An individual assistance PDA-fire should include a detailed assessment of the affected area. This helps emergency management officials determine the disaster extent, its impact on public and private property, and the type of federal assistance required for them. This information helps FEMA understand the severity and magnitude of the fire damage.‍

Who uses an individual assistance PDA-fire and why?

Emergency managers, disaster management teams, and individuals can use the individual assistance PDA-fire checklist to perform a quick and effective assessment of damage caused by fire. This provides a clear picture of the extent of damage and informs the amount of financial and other types of assistance that will be needed by the property owner.‍

Why use an individual assistance PDA-fire app?

An individual assistance PDA-fire app enables emergency management personnel to perform a comprehensive and quick assessment of damage according to FEMA’s fire classification using a mobile device rather than a clipboard and paper. Surveyors can even take photos and video to document the extent of the damage, and it will automatically be attached to that assessment record — no need to match up photos with paper forms later. A mobile app speeds up the inspection and reporting process by storing data in the cloud where it can be accessed instantly by any authorized party, from anywhere, to get aid faster to folks who have been impacted by fire.

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