FEMA Rapid Needs Assessment: In Federal Disaster Operations: Operations Manual   [open pdf - 318KB]

"This document is a level 2 SOP or operations manual: a complete reference document detailing the procedures for performing a single function (Standard Operating Procedure), or a number of interdependent functions (Ops Manual). [...] Following a major disaster or emergency situation where the Federal government responds in support of State and local government emergency response efforts, there is an immediate need for an initial assessment of damages and affected population needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) capability, designed to determine the anticipated scope of Federal involvement to support State response operations. The RNA capability supports planning and operations conducted in accordance with the Federal Response Plan (FRP) and is a primary tool for Federal managers in making response decisions. FEMA's and partner agencies' responsibilities in the RNA process are described in this document along with descriptions of the functions performed by individual RNA team members. This manual describes how the RNA process is organized, activated, deployed, managed, and logistically supported during an RNA mission. It illustrates how assessment information is compiled, transmitted, and used to determine Federal response requirements. It also illustrates how the RNA process interacts with the affected States in determining response needs."

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