Rapid Damage Assessment Resource Kit

Rapid Damage Assessment takes place within hours of an incident providing a quick evaluation of a disaster/emergency impacted area.  A rapid assessment is important in:

  • Providing local government with accurate information for an adequate response to life-threatening situations;
  • Providing a quick analysis of the potential hazard to critical infrastructure;
  • Determinning the need for additional resources;
  • Assisting with determining local resource allocations;
  • Determining need for local disaster/emergency declaration;
  • Assisting with decision making and actions inthe protection of life and property.

A Rapid Assessment will focus on gathering information about:

  • Status of lifelines (transportation, communications, utilities - gas, electricity, water, other);
  • Status of facilities (fire, police, city hall, EOC, public works, emergency communications, other);
  • Status of damages to homes, businesses, roads, bridges, and county buildings;

Please feel free to use these tools to assist your rapid assessment team in conducting their assessments in your county.  A rapid assessment team may consist of individuals from:

  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Appraisers Office
  • Fire
  • Public Works
  • Health Care System
  • Voluteer Organizations
  • Others

Your team can be trained to assist in gathering this vital information.

Below you will find the rapid assessment color tol to assist in determining leels of damage to structures in addtitoin to two forms that can be used to assist  you in gathering information. This information can be reported through the KDEM Emergency notification line or through the KDEM WebEOC Rapid Assessment board.  The forms provided can be adapted to fit your agency needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact KDEM Human Services at (785) 274-1596 or devan.n.tucking.nfg@mail.mil.


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