CHF Rapid Needs Assessment Report after the West Sumatra earthquake, October 2009

The assessment took place from October 9 through October 13. The assessment was done in rural villages northwest from the City of Padang in Padang Pariaman District of West Sumatra. The initial assessment was conducted by a team of national and international staff including two civil engineers, one architect, a construction manager, and a public health specialist. Based on the initial observations and discussions with community members, an in-depth assessment tool was created to facilitate a more thorough assessment of the area. A group of volunteers from a local university were trained and sent out to the field to survey 63 households, interview key stakeholders and assess the damaged through observation, photographs, and measurements.