Damage assessment is the process for determining the nature and extent of the loss, suffering, potential harm to a community, resulting from a natural, accidental or human caused disaster.
Conducting damage assessment following an incident to produce data to help decision makers at the local, state, and federal level do the following:
- Identify unmet needs of survivors and communities
- Evaluate impact for the public, elected officials and the media.
- Engage state and local recovery partners for resources
- Justification for disaster declaration
- Evaluate applicability of state or federal supplemental assistance by providing data regarding
- Damage to the private sector- Individual Assistance
- Damage to the public sector- Public Assistance
Damage assessment provides estimates on numbers of displaced persons, person in shelters, persons injured, fatalities and structural losses.
Structural losses are evaluated on 4 criteria:
- Destroyed: Total loss, permanently uninhabitable
- Major: uninhabitable, extensive repairs required that will take more than 30 days to complete
- Minor: uninhabitable, repairs can be completed in less than 30 days
- Affected: no structural damage, habitable without repairs
Damage assessment also provides information regarding future hazard mitigation projects
If you are a resident, please reach out to your city or township for assistance.
If your community needs damage assessment after an incident, please fill out the form below.
For questions, please email EMAPlans@summitoh.net.