10.2 Basic information checklist


At a minimum, the assessment team should gather and analyse basic information outlined below. See also  section 10.6  for more information on assessment checklists.

General humanitarian situation

  • Location and conditions of disaster area
  • Affected population-size, demographics, location (disaggregated by gender and age)
  • Impact of disaster-physical, social, economic, political, security, environmental
  • Capacities and vulnerabilities of disaster-affected population
  • Priority needs of women, men, boys and girls-food, water and sanitation, shelter, health
  • Contextual information-gender roles and relations, cultural issues, conflict and power dynamics, violence, discrimination and protection issues, civil-military relations

Response to date

  • Organisation and response of disaster-affected community, with perspectives from both women and men
  • Response of responsible authorities
  • Local NGOs
  • International NGOs
  • UN agencies
  • Donors
  • Other actors-for example, military

Operating conditions

  • Security analysis
  • Availability of (or damage to) logistics infrastructure-ports, roads, airports, warehousing
  • Market conditions and availability of relief items locally
  • Availability of support infrastructure-office, accommodation, telecommunications infrastructure, transportation
  • Relevant government regulations and requirements for operations
  • Cost estimates for budget development
  • Availability of skilled personnel