Risk Assessment and Emergency ManagementRisk Management Insights for Emergency Managers
What is Risk Assessment and Emergency Management?
The NFPA® 1600 defines risk assessment as “the process of hazard identification and the analysis of probabilities, vulnerabilities, and impacts” (2013, p. 7). I understand risk assessment to be the continuous and iterative process of understanding the level of risk by identifying sources of risk, hazards, analysis of event causes, likelihood, and the impacts that a risk may have on the ability of an entity to achieve its objectives.
An entity can be a community like the international community, a nation like the United States of America, a system like the National Preparedness System, profit or not for profit organizations, and even an individual can apply risk assessment to their own personal goals. It applies universally to all entities that are directed by goals and objectives, whatever they may be, even terrorist groups.
Risk assessments are by virtue designed to shape risk treatment and to understand the changing risk profile of an entity by estimating the future probability and consequence of risks. According to the NFPA® 1600 and in the context of crisis and emergency management, these hazards are either affected or induced by adversaries, occur naturally in the environment due to fluctuations in climate, or by technology (2013, p. 7). These may all be completely accidental or brought on intentionally.
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About Johannes Swanepoel
These articles are the independent opinions of Johannes Swanepoel and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Standard Model Partners. Johannes is a GRC technology specialist with over 15 years in a GRC product and advisory services capacity. Johannes has implemented over 30 GRC software and consulting projects worldwide. Johannes has led GRC vendors to leading positions in GRC analyst reports and has been a certified trainer of the ISO 31000 Foundations course leading to individual certification in ISO 31000, the international risk management standard, since December 2012. Johannes holds certifications in risk based decision making, sustainability as well as the GRC – governance, risk and compliance professional certification (GRCP) and software engineering certifications. Johannes holds a Bachelor in Risk Management from DePaul University and The University of South Africa, and Master of Science in Threat and Response Management candidate at University of Chicago.