FEMA Search and Rescue Teams Conducting Assessments of Homes and Buildings

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Release date: 
September 5, 2011
Release Number: 
4020-006

ALBANY, N. Y. -- Search and rescue teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other localities are conducting assessments of homes and buildings affected by Hurricane Irene. The teams are using a standardized FEMA marking system, which is utilized nationwide, to indicate that a structure has been searched.

The marking system consists of:

  • An "X" indicates that a search of the building is in progress or has been completed. This is used to indicate searcher locations and to avoid duplication of the search effort.
  • Each section of the "X" indicates a specific piece of information
    • the date and time of the start of the search
    • the number of individuals needing assistance
    • additional information noted about the structure
    • and the date and time of the completion of the search.

The "X" does not indicate that the building has been condemned.

Homeowners or individuals who have questions about a structure that has been searched, should contact their local code enforcement officials or local emergency management office.

Homeowners, renters, and business owners who have been impacted by Hurricane Irene, and haven't registered yet, should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 1-800-621-3362 to apply for disaster aid. You can also register online at

www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance." Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use TTY, should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily until further notice.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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