Household and Building Damage Assessment
Crisis situations often impact local infrastructure including private homes and those used for commercial and public services. One of the most complicated and important components of the recovery process is the rapid and effective restoration of these structures.
UNDP has developed a Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) Toolkit to support authorities in crisis-affected countries around the world, to assess residential and non-residential infrastructure and collect timely data to inform decisions. The HBDA will also inform prioritization for risk-informed rehabilitation and rebuilding.
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How does the process work?
Interactive Data Visualisation
Information collected during the HBDA is visualized by Microsoft Power BI, an intelligence platform used for the analysis and visualization of data.
Further analysis of all these data can assist governments in prioritizing faster recovery, monitoring, policy-making, and disaster preparedness.
Click the icons below to interact with a simulation of a small example of data collected in the aftermath of an earthquake in Albania.
This data has been reduced and modified for demonstration purposes and to protect confidentiality.
The following unique features of the HBDA make it a revolutionary tool in post-disaster contexts:
- A team of UNDP HBDA experts can be deployed in just 48 hours to the affected area and train a group of local inspectors to conduct the HBDA.
- All data is processed on a real-time basis, producing immediate visual, dynamic, and interactive reports.
- The HBDA Toolkit can be accessed through a mobile app available for both Android and IOS, even without available storage or data.
- Thanks to the navigability of the tool, after the training, anyone with a smartphone can become an inspector. However, continuous supervision is provided.
- The HBDA can be made available in different languages including English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian.
The HBDA Toolkit has been designed in modular sections which can be chosen depending on the scenario or the government’s needs. These sections are the result of joint efforts by different UN agencies to capture all types of powerful data. These modular sections include: