U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Individual Assistance Disaster Assessment Team (See Definition Below)
Category: Planning & Recovery
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Personnel Number based on size and scope of disaster and estimated assistance needs; knowledge

1 IA Disaster Assessment Team leader; 1 Disaster Recovery Center leader and team based on determination of number(s) of DRCs;
1 Voluntary Agency Liaison; 1 Donations Management leader


Laptop with wireless Internet capabilities; Satellite or cell phone; Standardized donations management, unmet needs, resource booklet, and various programs and form templates for personalizing to disaster



Team responsible for providing expert assessments of the disaster situation pertaining to claims for individual assistance and other programs. Disaster Recovery Center leader and team leader must have knowledge of all State programs and how they work with their Federal counterparts, must have worked as DRC State representative in one Federal disaster. Team members must have good knowledge of all State programs. All members must possess the ability to work with the public and understand disaster clients’ dynamics in helping them achieve adequate service delivery. This team is not part of the Incident Command System, but rather is a specialty team that may be called on during times of need.

National Mutual Aid & Resource Management Initiative
Emergency Management