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Create a more integrated,context-based damage assessmentsystem.

People affected by floods in Columbia and Charleston were frustrated by FEMA’s damage assessment process. They felt it did not fairly or accurately assess damages. The damage assessment process needs to be revised; inspectors should be hired locally, have damage assessment or home construction/ maintenance experience, and should conduct more comprehensive assessments that look at the home as a whole and not just as a sum of separate parts. This would reduce the number of cases in which loss of moveable and non-critical possessions pushes homes into the ‘substantially damaged’ category.

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