Data Documentation Template and Checklist: Frequency Damage Method (Limited Data Module): Applicable to Most Hazards   [open pdf - 158KB]

Alternate Title: Benefit-Cost Analysis Data Documentation template - Riverine Limited Data Module

"This data documentation template is designed to assist Benefit-Cost (BC) analysts in recording the data and methodologies utilized in their Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA). BC analysts should keep in mind that a well-documented BCA means that a knowledgeable BC analyst should be able to re-create the BCA from the supporting documentation provided (with a Mitigation application submitted for funding) without any additional explanation. BC analysts should provide an electronic or paper copy of the full BCA to compliment any template or summary submitted to FEMA for review. Check with your State Hazard Mitigation Officer or FEMA Regional office to find out if a completed Data Documentation Template (DDT) is required with your grant application. The Frequency Damage Method can be used for any hazard for which frequency-damage relationships can be established from historical damage data and/or engineering judgment. Analysts should note that the Frequency Damage module, based on event frequency or a general approach, was designed for floods without quantitative flood hazard data and other hazards without standardized hazard data easily available (e.g., landslides, ice-storms, etc.) This module should generally not be used for earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or wildland/urban interface fire projects due to the fact that FEMA has BCA modules to support BCA for these hazards. The BCA software is labeled Riverine Limited Data Module because this module was originally developed for analysis of flood projects. This module is commonly used for flood projects (for locations without quantitative flood hazard data) and for other hazards such as ice storms, windstorms, snow, landslides, etc."

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