Damage Assessment

OpsCenter Damage Assessment one pager (PDF, Doc, HTML)

Note: The Damage Assessment module is included in OpsCenter at no additional cost.

Automated Damage Assessment - FEMA Based Guidelines

Managing emergency situations requires the rapid capture, organization and reporting of damages caused by an incident. OpsCenter provides this ability with easy to use input forms and the generation of reports for impact and damage assessment. OpsCenter captures information regarding the scope and magnitude of damages, organizing it into categories, and generating reports for the appropriate users and agencies. The production of required reports during an emergency is quicker and more accurate than a manual method.

OpsCenter uses two input screens to capture damage and impact information:

  • One screen captures the impact on the jurisdiction as a whole such as the number evacuated, injured, hospitalized, and deaths in addition to infrastructure systems such as on sewers and drainage.
  • The second input screen is used to capture specific damages to an entity such as public buildings. Click on the image to the right to see an example of this input form.
Damage Assessment input form from the OpsCenter Emergency Management Software Suite. Click to enlarge.
Damage Assessment Status Board (Dashboard) from the OpsCenter Emergency Management Software Suite. Click to enlarge. All of the damages captured by OpsCenter are accessible in the Damages Status Board. The Status Board allows a user to sort, filter, select and export to Excel the damage information. Click on the image to the left to see an example of the Damages Status Board.

Perhaps the most important feature of the OpsCenter Damage Assessment module is the reporting. The system has the ability to generate damage assessment reports in a few seconds that would take staff members an hour to calculate by hand. Not only does this save a lot of time but it also results in more accurate and consistent calculations.

Below is an example of two of the Damage Assessment reports. The one on the left is a summary that is suitable for giving to leadership and others that are focused on the big picture. The one on the right is a detailed Damage Assessment report and it includes all of the information known about damages and is suitable for someone responsible for knowing and managing the details. Click on either image to make it bigger.

Damage Assessment Summary Report from the OpsCenter Emergency Management Software Suite. Click to enlarge. Damage Assessment Detailed Report from the OpsCenter Emergency Management Software Suite. Click to enlarge.