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Substantial Damage Estimator Best Practices (2012)

This document provides suggested approaches for dealing with some of the challenging situations users may encounter while using the FEMA developed Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE). SDE is designed to help Federal, State, and local officials manage data collection and assessment of substantial damage. Often the complexity of field conditions, limited access to technology, or inspection work in the field present situations that require additional organization and planning. This document contains suggested solutions to some common situations SDE users may encounter. The information and methods can be used by Federal, State, and local officials when developing SDE-based inventories of potentially substantially damaged residential and non-residential structures. The guidance is organized into three phases of SDE management: 1. Planning Data Collection, 2. Field Work, and 3. Data Management.

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