Training Course on Emergency Needs Assessment

Training Course
Datastat Research Center
28 Aug - 01 Sep 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
Datastat Research Center


This training introduces basic concepts and approaches related to disaster situation and emergency needs assessments and presents post-disaster assistance needs typically associated with various types of natural hazards. In addition, the training presents a disaster assessment reporting format that National Societies can use for reporting purposes. This training is appropriate for staff and personnel with little experience in conducting disaster needs assessments or completing international appeals forms following a disaster, but who have responsibility for these functions.


5 days.

Who should attend?

Disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery professionals, emergency planners, NGO staff, staff in emergency response agencies

Course objectives

By the end of the training the learner should be in a position to:

  • Understand the purpose of disaster needs assessment

  • Identify the link between disaster needs assessments and emergency response decision making

  • Familiar basic methods and tools for collecting assessment information and ways to minimize assessment bias

  • Understand the typical adverse effects and post-disaster needs commonly arising from specific hazard types

  • Understand disaster needs assessment reporting format

  • Identify priorities in emergency response and needs assessment

Course content

  • Overview of disaster needs assessment

  • Role of national societies in disaster response

  • Purpose of disaster needs assessments

  • Emergency response priorities

  • Types of damage and needs assessment
    • Emergency response based on emergency assessments

    • Disaster needs assessment reporting

  • Forecasting and early warning
    • Assessment sources and methods

    • Minimizing assessment bias-triangulation, team and joint assessments

    • Assessment tools

    • Finding recurrent patterns in emergencies


  • Proficiency in use of English language

  • Meet admission criteria


Teaching methodology will include introductory and participatory presentations, discussions of practical experiences and case studies, group discussions, role plays and simulations and short video clips.

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