"It is imperative that emergency responders perform a structured and prearranged damage assessment following any catastrophe. The information collected during this initial assessment guides the response effort and prioritizes resource management. The problem was that the Guantanamo Bay Fire Dept (GTMO FD) does not have a policy addressing its company-level responsibilities while performing damage assessment (DA) in the aftermath of a disaster. The purpose of this research was to create a standardized DA operating procedure so that it can be utilized by the Guantanamo Bay Fire Dept following any large-scale event. Using action research, the following questions were addressed: 1) Is there a need for an organizational damage assessment policy? 2) What is the importance of conducting a structured damage assessment following a disaster? 3) What type of disasters is Guantanamo Bay at risk to experience? and 4) What are the functional components of damage assessment?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/