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Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide

The Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide (PDA Guide) —a standard framework for how emergency management officials conduct preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) following a disaster—will be effective starting Oct. 1, 2021.

Joint PDAs with FEMA that take place on or after Oct. 1, 2021, must use the new PDA Guide, which supersedes FEMA’s current 2020 PDA Guide.

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2021 Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide

The Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2021. Joint PDAs that occur on or after Oct. 1, 2021, will use the new guidance.

2021 Preliminary Damage Assessment Pocket Guide

The PDA Pocket Guide is a supplement to the full PDA Guide and provides high level guidance that can be used as a reference in the field.

2021 Preliminary Damage Assessment Fact Sheet

The PDA Guide Fact Sheet provides an overview of the major changes that can be found in the PDA Guide and how the guidance differs from the 2020 PDA Guide.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Pocket Guide

The PDA Pocket Guide is a supplement to the full PDA Guide and provides high level guidance that can be used as a reference in the field.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide

The Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide goes into effect on June 8, 2020. Joint PDAs that occur on or after June 8, 2020 will use the new guidance.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Fact Sheet

The PDA Guide Fact Sheet provides an overview of the major changes that can be found in the PDA Guide and how the guidance differs from the 2016 Damage Assessment Operations Manual.

Last updated September 4, 2021