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Definition and goals

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The goals of rapid assessment include:

  • Determine the impact of the disaster and need for intervention
  • Determine the needs and priorities for immediate emergency measures
  • Determine the resources available and resources needed
  • Plan interventions

All of these goals must be met in the first few days after an emergency or disaster. The needs of the affected population are often very acute, and meeting these needs has the potential to save many lives. For this reason, interventions must not be delayed awaiting the results of an extensive assessment. Rather, a rapid assessment should be done to give a general idea of the situation while emergency programmes are put in place.