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close this bookAn Overview of Disaster Management (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - United Nations Development Programme , 1992, 136 p.)
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The assessment process

Assessments must be carefully planned and managed. A sequence of activities is involved and each must be planned in detail. The following activities typically constitute the assessment process:

Identify information needs and sources of reliable data

Collect data

Analyze and interpret data

Report conclusions, forecasts and alternatives to appropriate planner and decision-makers

As the response actions begin to influence events, assessments become part of the monitoring and control loop, allowing those involved to monitor outcomes and attempt to correct the response. It becomes part of a continuing process of assessment, review, and correction by which those managing the operation begin to restore the framework for survival and recovery.

Figure 10.2 This figure identifies how the objectives of assessment evolve as the recovery process proceeds.