In 2022 Hurricane Ian brought extreme challenges for jurisdictions throughout Florida. Damage assessment data collection was critical towards meeting these challenges and in moving counties from response to recovery. This workshop will explore how Manatee County’s damage assessment process has evolved over the years, starting with using paper forms after Hurricane Hermine in 2016, to newer, turnkey products for Ian. Manatee County staff will outline how they prepare for assessments before the storm, how stakeholders from different departments collaborate, and how they work with FDEM to make sure data is quickly passed along.
Additionally, Manatee County representatives will be joined by key staff from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to discuss their crucial role in coordinating Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments.
Organized by Lee Mayfield