Report Derecho Storm Damage Online with New Disaster Database

The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a new Disaster Damage Database reporting tool. The online tool is designed to allow county residents to report damage caused by emergencies like hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes, fires, snow or other disasters — even the derecho that struck Fairfax County and the region on Friday evening, June 29.

Fairfax County may share the disaster damage reports with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to evaluate whether Fairfax County can be declared a major disaster area, on the state and/or federal level, and what kind of federal disaster assistance should be made available to county residents who have suffered losses.

Emergency Management officials encourage residents to begin using this reporting tool by submitting any damage suffered from the June 29 weather event. However, OEM stresses that submission of disaster damages is not a requirement to apply for federal disaster assistance nor is it a promise that federal disaster assistance will be provided to cover damages from the derecho, or any other disaster event when the online tool is used.

The online database is at

For more information about the Disaster Damage Database, emergency management or how you and your family can better prepare for emergencies, email OEM or phone 571-350-1000, TTY 711.

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5 responses to “Report Derecho Storm Damage Online with New Disaster Database”

  1. Cherie Lejeune says :

    Who do I thank for this blog for it took the last storm to kickstart what was sorely needed for a long time…The County is exhibiting some good mobile chops, better late than never and now you need digital evangelists like moi to spread this …Congratulations and thank you!

    • SPDyah00 says :

      Submit a Disaster Damage Form:
      Date of Damage * Calendar * ; calendar button does not work. no indication of proper date format. ‘120629, June 29, … 06/1/2012 worked (please prompt others)
      Utility Damages: Antennas, wire attachments, service boxes
      Utility Damages: You forgot phone & cable

    • SPDyah00 says :

      Amen Sister!
      (They (and I) should have linked to the more mature & complete forms they have had for at least several years, and which we used (to some effect) for the big floods several years ago) (PS: A candle under a bushel is a fire hazard.)

  2. SPDyah00 says :

    Submit a Disaster Damage Form:
    [Submit] error: “ERROR:ORA-31011: XML parsing failed ORA-19202: Error occurred in XML processing LPX-00242: invalid use of ampersand (‘&’) character (use &) Error at line 11**start”
    NOTE: You are prohibited (retroactively) from using the ampersand (&) character in your Disaster Report text. (This coding error should be fixable, but if not, a hint at the top of the text entry boxes would be more courteous.

  3. SPDyah00 says :

    One more issue:
    It seems that despite the privacy disclaimer, the reports are not available to the public. You must know the report # & email address of the author (effectively a user id & password), before you can see any report.:

    [ Search a Disaster Damage Form
    Please type a disaster damage number and the email address used when you submitted a disaster damage form.
    Disaster Damage Number *
    E-mail Address *
    ( If you are unsure about your report number, please contact the Office of Emergency Management. )