Determining the Most Effective Rapid Damage Assessment Plan for the City of Mercer Island   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Rapid Damage Assessment is critical during the response phase of a natural or man-made disaster. This information is used to measure the amount of damage, the area of damage, and to determine the resources necessary to mitigate and recover from a disaster. The Pacific Northwest sits in an area known as the ring of fire, due to the large number of volcanoes. Because of previous volcanic activity, the Seattle metropolitan area has many fault lines. These fault lines have led to a number of earthquakes over the years, and thus leave the area at high risk to severe damage. The problem is that the city of Mercer Island has not conducted an analysis to determine what would be the most effective rapid damage assessment plan, following the occurrence of a natural or a man-made disaster, thus increasing the potential for increased loss of life and property. The purpose of this research project was to determine the most effective rapid damage assessment plan, which will utilize the resources available to assess the extent and scope of damage accurately, following a natural or man-made disaster in the City of Mercer Island. "

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