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Affected Site Team (Proceeds to the Damaged or Affected Site)

The AST reports immediately to the damaged site to direct initial assessment activities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Alert staff support department management.
  • Obtain clearance to send personnel into the affected building. Remember, depending on the nature of the disaster, someone else might be in charge of your building—your own facilities department, a landlord, or the fire department. It is not automatic that you can go right in.
  • Direct overall recovery operations at the affected facility, including initial damage assessments to determine the extent of damage to the following:

    Equipment rooms (computers, voice and data communications)

    Data and magnetic media

    Documentation (paper)



  • Determine salvageable status with vendors (for example, BMS Catastrophe or SERVPRO) that have been called in by the EMT or CST.
  • Coordinate receipt of replacement equipment and material as ordered by the EMT and CST.
  • Coordinate the installation and testing of said equipment.
  • Maintain written documentation of changes and modifications.
  • Accumulate daily written recovery status reports from the assigned subordinate team leaders; prepare an overall report and forward to the CST and EMT.
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