The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) purpose is to monitor and analyze a disaster and to assess the resulting physical damage. Collection of information is essential to recovery and response efforts and to future investigation. Accurate damage assessment (DA) sets the framework for the acquisition of assistance from other agencies and permits coordination of delivery of this assistance.
DA teams will respond in the village under the direction of the village Community Services department who has primary responsibility for DA following a disaster. Information to be gathered include: how large an area was affected, what type of structures were impacted, what hazards exist, what are the immediate life safety issues, what transportation issues exist including impassable roads and do we need outside assistance.