Post Disaster Damage Assessment Team
The UAA Post Disaster Damage Assessment Team (PDDAT) is established to assess the occupancy condition of UAA facilities after a disaster (earthquake, flood, high winds, ice storm, etc.). The team will determine if affected buildings or portions of buildings are safe for temporary use until structural and other engineers can perform more detailed analyses and formulate recommendations and plans. In addition, the UAA PDDAT is part of the Municipality of Anchorage’s, the State of Alaska’s, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s PDDAT operations and can be dispatched by those entities to operate at other locations besides on University property. Determinations and postings made by any PDDAT member are enforceable by local, state, and federal law enforcement officials.
Please contact EHS/RMS, if you'd like to volunteer to be on this team. There is a two day training course held periodically throughout the year at no cost to you or your department. The course material is presented at a layperson's level and teaches you all kinds of engineering clues needed to evaluate the physical condition and occupancy safety of buildings after a disaster. This training has applications not only to work, but also to your home. You even get to wear an official UAA PDDAT uniform! Come and join our team.