"The City of Wilmington, Delaware, while having a comprehensive all hazards plan, lacked a program for conducting rapid damage assessment after a large scale disaster or incident. Faced with this problem, the Emergency Management Office and Fire Department could not effectively address the needs of the community and assign resources required to mitigate a major incident effectively after it occurred in the city. The purpose of this research was to apply action-based research to explore and develop a system that will provide the City of Wilmington with a rapid damage assessment program that met the needs of the city. This fire officer determined the following three questions: (a) Why there is a need for rapid damage assessment in the City of Wilmington? (b) What the standard is that other communities and agencies use for rapid damage assessment? and (c) What system will work best in the City of Wilmington?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/