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Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Kit


Date Published: March 2013


The Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Kit guides Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees through a process for identifying and prioritizing critical unmet needs for long-term community recovery. It is designed to be used by grantees at any time following a disaster. However, the quality of the assessment is directly tied to the quality and completeness of the impact data available. Thus, an accurate assessment is typically not possible for months following a disaster. If during this time, the necessary information is gathered from various entities, the assessment should take into account work already accomplished, community goals, and the grantee’s capacity to plan for, manage, and implement a coordinated long-term recovery process. The ultimate goal is to enable the grantee to better design recovery programs that are responsive to the types and locations of actual needs on the ground. The kit includes several appendices with resources and tools that support the assessment process.

This toolkit is part of the CDBG-DR Toolkits.

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Grant Type: CDBG-DR
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Data/Data-sharingNeeds Assessment
Phase: LaunchPre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

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