Post-Disaster Building Assessments

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BC Housing and Rapid Damage Assessment

Post-Disaster Building Assessment (PDBA) enables communities responding to floods, windstorms or earthquakes to more rapidly assess the safety of buildings and allow people to reman in or return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible. This reduces the social impact of such events, allowing communities to recover more quickly and reducing the impact on emergency and social service resources.

BC Housing supports the PDBA process by hosting and Chairing the PDBA Advisory Group; by teaching Rapid Damage Assessment and the Coordination of Damage Assessment skills; and by providing tools such as the mobile app, field manual and various forms for building assessments.

Coordination of Damage Assessment (CDA) Course 

BC Housing - Security and Emergency Services (SES), is pleased to announce the launch of the new Coordination of Damage Assessment (CDA) course. 

This online, self-paced course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of coordinating building damage assessment to support a community that’s been affected by building damage from a recent event.        

The content was revised to incorporate best practices from the Post-Disaster Building Assessment Framework and Recommendations research document and lessons learned from recent disasters. Feedback from the Provincial Post-Disaster Building Assessment Advisory Committee was also incorporated. 

The Coordination of Damage Assessment (CDA) course is being offered in addition to the Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) course.  

Prerequisites: BC Housing Rapid Damage Assessment Course 

For signing up or for more information about the Coordination of Damage Assessment (CDA) and Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) course please visit: PDBA Training

Post-Disaster Building Assessment Guidelines for Communities 

The purpose of the Post-Disaster Building Assessment Guidelines for Communities is to support local authorities (including municipalities, First Nations, and regional governments) in the development and operation of their own PDBA programs. These guidelines draw on the research that informed the British Columbia Post-Disaster Building Assessment Framework and Recommendations document, and provide direction and resources with regards to the following elements of PDBA programs. A printable PDF version is available in the Document section of this webpage. BC Housing will not be printing copies of the Guidelines for distribution.

This document will be published as a living, dynamic reference for community damage assessment programs. This document is intended to evolve over time, based on feedback and contributions from local authorities and First Nation communities across BC. 

The Security and Emergency Services team at BC Housing want to thank all those who participated in the process to create this resource. We welcome your feedback on all aspects of this document. 

We also welcome your questions and feedback you may have on this document. Please send those by email to [email protected].

mobile phone icon Rapid Damage Assessment - Mobile App

Working closely with BC Housing, GeoBC (Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship) has developed and maintains a GIS-based mobile app for phones, tablets and web-based collection of damage assessment information. GeoBC also supports the PDBA program by developing, implementing, and providing training for these field collection tools. The apps can be found in your App Store on any mobile device. Search for ArcGIS Survey123, and ArcGIS Field Maps. The RDA Portal contains more information and instructions on how to use these tools.

Rapid Damage Assessment – Field Manual

front cover of Rapid Damage Assessment - Field Manual

The Rapid Damage Assessment Field Manual is a valuable training aid and resource when conducting assessments. They are available for purchase through Crown Publications.

Post-Disaster Building Assessment (PDBA) Advisory Committee

In September 2018, this broad group of stakeholders was formed with a mission to recommend, develop, and enhance standards, processes and guidelines for the effective implementation and the sustainable management of a post-disaster building assessment system for the province of British Columbia.

PDBA Resources