Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly is currently working to build a Damage Assessment Team with the help of Buffalo's Building Inspector.
Connolly said in case of an emergency event in or near Buffalo, FEMA would need to know fairly quickly what types of damage had occurred to buildings and infrastructure in the area.
The reason to have the building inspector and other officials involved is to get a more accurate assessment to provide FEMA. Those familiar with property, building and infrastructure values would be a great help in assessing damage, she said.
FEMA provides two types of assistance when these events occur, Public Assistance and Individual Assistance. Public would be for buildings that are damaged such as the courthouse, justice center or water treatment plant. Individual would be for private homeowners.
Connolly said by having the damage assessment team in place and ready to go, it will speed up the process immensely, getting funds to local entities quickly, which in turn would get funds available to the private citizen more quickly as well.
There is no deadline to put the team together, she said.
Connolly hopes to have the team trained and in place as soon as possible.