Disaster Recovery Library: Needs Assessment

CDBG-DR grantees must complete an unmet needs assessment to inform the activities they propose in their Action Plan. The needs assessment is an analysis of unmet needs following a disaster event and relies on data from several agencies, including FEMA and SBA. Usually conducted several months after the disaster event, the needs assessment must take into consideration the recovery activities already completed and focus on remaining needs for long-term recovery.

CDBG-MIT grantees must complete a mitigation needs assessment that analyzes current and future disaster risks to inform the activities they propose in their Action Plan. Grantees must collaborate with stakeholders that administer FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and use the risk-assessment from the most recent state, local, or Indian tribal government’s Hazard Mitigation Plan to inform their needs assessment.

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CDBG-DR Only

Disaster Recovery Homeowner Rehabilitation Damage Assessments Master Specifications

Date Published: March 2013
Grant Type: CDBG-DR
Program Area: Homeowner Rehabilitation
Topic: Needs Assessment; Recordkeeping
Phase: Implementation; Launch; Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Kit

Date Published: June 2010
Grant Type: CDBG-DR
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Data/Data-sharing; Needs Assessment
Phase: Launch; Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

CDBG-MIT Only

Conducting a Mitigation Needs Assessment for CDBG-MIT Webinar

Date Published: September 2019
Grant Type: CDBG-MIT
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Needs Assessment
Phase: Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice Webinar

Date Published: July 2019
Grant Type: CDBG-MIT
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Needs Assessment
Phase: Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: 2017-2019 Disaster Events; Hurricane Joaquin, Hurricane Patricia, and Other Flood Events Occurring in 2015; Louisiana Floods and Other 2016 Events

CDBG-DR Only

Disaster Recovery Homeowner Rehabilitation Damage Assessments Master Specifications

Date Published: March 2013
Grant Type: CDBG-DR
Program Area: Homeowner Rehabilitation
Topic: Needs Assessment; Recordkeeping
Phase: Implementation; Launch; Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Kit

Date Published: June 2010
Grant Type: CDBG-DR
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Data/Data-sharing; Needs Assessment
Phase: Launch; Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

CDBG-MIT Only

Conducting a Mitigation Needs Assessment for CDBG-MIT Webinar

Date Published: September 2019
Grant Type: CDBG-MIT
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Needs Assessment
Phase: Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: Not Specific

CDBG-MIT Federal Register Notice Webinar

Date Published: July 2019
Grant Type: CDBG-MIT
Program Area: Not Specific
Topic: Needs Assessment
Phase: Pre-agreement
Disaster Year: 2017-2019 Disaster Events; Hurricane Joaquin, Hurricane Patricia, and Other Flood Events Occurring in 2015; Louisiana Floods and Other 2016 Events