J. Assessment Checklists

2. Victims/Displaced Population Profile

a. General Characteristics

  • Determine the approximate numbers and ages of men, women, adolescents, and children (ages 0-5, 6-14, 15 and older).
  • Identify ethnic/geographic origin (urban or rural).
    • Sedentary or nomadic background?
    • What is the average family/household size?
    • How many households are headed by females?
    • What are their customary skills?
    • What is (are) the language(s) used?
    • What is the customary basic diet?
    • What is the customary shelter?
    • What are the customary sanitation practices?
    • What is the general distribution of socioeconomic statuses (poor, middle class, wealthy) in the population?

b. Capacities

  • What percentage of male and female population is literate?
  • What emergency-related skills (e.g., health workers, individuals with logistics/organizational relief skills) are represented in the population that could be drawn on by relief organizations?

c. Displaced Populations

  • Determine the approximate number of displaced people.
  • Determine their locations. Are they moving? To where? How many?
  • Determine how many are arriving per week. How many more could come?
  • Determine how they are arriving. Are they scattered individuals or families or clans, tribal, ethnic, or village groups? By what means are they traveling? How did those already there arrive? What is the average family size?

d. Physical Assets

  • Determine what the displaced population has as personal property and what was lost as a result of the disaster.
  • Estimate the number and types of blankets needed (according to climatic conditions).
  • Identify what blankets are available in the country from personal, commercial, UN/PVO/NGO/IO, or government stocks. Determine the need for blankets from external sources.
  • Describe the clothing traditionally worn, by season and area.
  • If clothing is needed, estimate the amount by age group and sex.
  • Describe normal heating/cooking practices.
  • Determine whether heating equipment and/or fuel is required.
  • Estimate the types and quantities of heating equipment and fuel needed over a specific time period.
  • Determine appropriate fuel storage and distribution mechanisms.
  • Identify what fuel is available locally.
  • Identify what fuel is needed from external sources.
  • Determine if other personal effects, such as cooking utensils, soap, and small storage containers, are needed.
  • If DPs are arriving at a temporary settlement or camp, determine whether:
    • The DPs brought any financial assets. Would those assets be convertible to local currency?
    • Livestock were brought along.
    • Shelter materials were brought along.
    • Other possessions, such as cars, bicycles, or boats, were brought along.

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