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To effectively support a response to the needs in an emergency, it is very important to include a logistics assessment during the general needs assessment exercise. Having a Make sure there are logistics staff on the program needs assessment team ensures that the needs are properly understood by logisticians and therefore available to help ensure that the team's needs can be adequately provisioned for. 

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An emergency logistics assessment is the process of gathering, analysing and disseminating logistics related data and information in relation to the impact of a disaster. It determines the extent of the impact (through a situational assessment) and the logistical needs (through a capacity assessment). Assessments should be continuous in nature and enable organisations to monitor changes as a response or intervention evolves.

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