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Compilation and visualisation tool For built heritage and cultural repositories, a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) app installed onto your mobile phone or tablet can be very useful for on-site documentation. Damage and risk assessment forms can be completed offline within the GIS tool, and photographs can be attached directly, so that all of the forms and photographs can be kept together. Once your mobile phone is connected to the Internet, the forms and photos can then be exported directly to a central database. It is important to note that any apps that you choose to record, compile and visualise data will have to be customised, and your assessment teams will require guidance to use them in the field. See references on page 158. Prepare assessment report Based on the site survey, prepare a consolidated assessment report that includes the following information: • Significance of the heritage assets affected (heritage site/ collection/tradition). • Nature of the disaster or conflict. What happened? When? How did it involve cultural heritage? • Description of the damage to the built and movable heritage and the effects of the disaster on intangible heritage. This should include a brief description of the type of damage/ effect, location (with reference to the base map, site map, and floor or sketch plan, where relevant) and possible causes. Include one photograph to illustrate each item of damage. For intangible cultural heritage, the description could include the details of which aspects have been affected: tangible elements, people, and/or knowledge/tradition. • Losses (if any), with reference to the people, specific income and/or infrastructure concerned, and the long-term negative effects of the losses on the affected cultural heritage. 64 First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis | 1. Handbook • Risk statements based on the identification of hazards, vulnerabilities and consequent risks to the different types of heritage assets. • Immediate on-site security and stabilisation actions needed for each heritage asset. • Resources required for securing and stabilising affected heritage assets, along with a defined timeline. The report must mention the date, author(s), names and contact details of all those involved in the on-site assessments, along with their responsibilities. It should also mention the names of all those who were interviewed during the assessment