Texas Rebuilds
The Texas General Land Office - George P. Bush, Commissioner

Disaster Impact

​​​​Following a disaster, a team of FEMA and state officials visit the impacted area to assess the scope of destruction, estimate recovery costs, and develop a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA).  The state examines the PDA and determines if the need can be addressed by state and local entities or if federal recovery assistance is necessary.

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as amended states:  "All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the governor of the affected state." The Governor's request is made through FEMA and is typically accompanied by a PDA.  The PDA is usually completed prior to the submission of the Governor's request to FEMA.  However, when the catastrophic impact of an event is clear, the Governor's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration may be submitted before the PDA is completed.  ​