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Instructions for completing Risk Assessment Worksheet (second tab)
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Column A: Assets
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Compile a list of assets (people, facilities, machinery, equipment, vehicles, information technology, etc.) in the left column. Keep in mind that you may need multiple rows for the same asset, if different hazards might affect it.
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Column B: Hazards
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For each asset, list hazards that could cause an impact. Since multiple hazards could impact each asset, you will probably need more than one row for each asset. You can group assets together as necessary to reduce the total number of rows, but use a separate row to assess those assets that are highly valued or critical. (See below for a list of potential hazards.)
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Column C: Scenario
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For each hazard consider both high probability/low impact scenarios and low probability/high impact scenarios.
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Column D: Vulnerabilities
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As you assess potential impacts, identify any vulnerabilities or weaknesses in the asset that would make it susceptible to loss. These vulnerabilities are opportunities for hazard prevention or risk mitigation. Record opportunities for prevention and mitigation in column D.
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Column E: Probability
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Estimate the probability that the scenarios will occur on a scale of “L” for low, “M” for medium and “H” for high.
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Columns F - I: Impact without additional Mitigation
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Analyze the potential impact of the hazard scenario in columns F - I. Rate impacts “L” for low, “M” for medium and “H” for high.
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Column J: Overall Hazard Rating
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The Overall Hazard Rating is a two-letter combination of the rating for “probability of occurrence” (column E) and the highest rating in columns F - I (impacts on people, property, operations, reputation). For example, it might be LL if probability and all impacts are low, or LH if the probability is low but the impact would be high.
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Carefully review scenarios with potential impacts rated as “medium” or “high.” Consider whether action can be taken to prevent the scenario or to reduce the potential impacts.
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Hazards to consider
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(note: this is not an exhaustive list, and your potential hazards may vary by community or district type)
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Natural Hazards
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Meteorological: flooding, dam/levee failure, severe thunderstorm (wind, rain, lightning, hail), tornado, windstorm, hurricanes and tropical storms, winter storm (snow/ice)
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Geological: earthquake, tsunami, landslide, subsidence/sinkhole, volcano
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Biological: pandemic disease, foodborne illnesses
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Human-Caused Hazards
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Accidents: workplace accidents, entrapment/rescue, transportation accidents (motor vehicle, rail, water, air, pipeline), structural failure/collapse, mechanical breakdown
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Intentional Acts: labor strike, demonstrations, civil disturbance (riot), bomb threat, lost/separated person, hostage incident, workplace violence, robbery , sniper incident, terrorism (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives), arson, cyber/information technology (malware attack, hacking, fraud, denial of service, ransomware attack, etc.)
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Technological Hazards
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Information Technology: loss of connectivity, hardware failure, lost/corrupted data, application failure
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Utility Outage: communications, electrical power, water, gas, steam, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, pollution control system, sewage system
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Fire/Explosion: fire (structure, wildland), explosion (chemical, gas, or process failure)
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Hazardous Materials: hazardous material spill/release, radiological accident, hazmat incident off-site, transportation accidents, nuclear power plant incident, natural gas leak
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Supply Chain Interruption: supplier failure, transportation interruption (could be a secondary issue caused by others above)
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