BOISE, Idaho -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been working closely with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) to monitor local needs resulting from the storms and flooding of 2-11 June 2010. At the conclusion of the state's initial assessment, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter requested that FEMA conduct a Joint Federal-State Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) in Adams, Gem, Idaho, Lewis, Payette, Valley and Washington counties.
Brigadier General Bill Shawver, IBHS director, said that PDAs help determine eligibility for a presidential disaster declaration. “Joint PDA teams will visit and inspect damaged areas, document damages and meet with local officials," said Shawver. “It's a partnership effort designed to provide a clear picture of the extent and locations of damage."
FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy agrees. “The PDA doesn't try to determine the total cost of the recovery," said Murphy. "We look at the overall scope of damages to establish if recovery is beyond the capabilities and resources of local and state governments."
PDA teams - comprised of representatives from county and local emergency management, the state and FEMA, will work together to gather damage information. The teams will concentrate on assessing damage to public infrastructure, damage to roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and their contents, publicly owned utilities, and debris removal costs related to the disaster.
Should Idaho meet eligibility requirements, Governor Otter can request a Major Disaster Declaration, which would provide federal funding to restore damaged public infrastructure to its pre-flooding condition.
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.