Risk Assessment

For local HMP Updates, every Pennsylvania County must first identify and prioritize natural and human-made hazards and risks in order to identify the appropriate mitigation actions for reducing losses. This includes reviewing detailed descriptions of all existing hazards and determining if new hazards could affect the community, along with an analysis of the county’s vulnerability to those hazards. Local risk assessments do not need to be based on the most sophisticated technology, but they do need to be accurate, current, and relevant. Each participating jurisdiction should complete the Hazard Identification and Risk Evaluation Worksheet when beginning the risk assessment update. This ensures that each jurisdiction’s unique risk is captured in the HMP.

The statewide risk assessment in the State HMP Update will identify and prioritize natural and human-made hazards for the entire Commonwealth. Coupled with the mitigation strategy, the risk assessment will be considered in Pennsylvania’s evaluation of its statewide resources and will help to establish statewide goals. The risk assessment includes documentation of past presidential disaster declarations and an assessment of natural and human-made hazards that affect the community. Hazards profile in both the 2013 and 2018 HMP Updates include:


Human-Made Hazards

Building and Structure Collapse New 2018 Hazard
Civil Disturbance
Cyber-terrorism New 2018 Hazard
Dam Failure - Profile available by request
Environmental Hazards Will be divided into multiple profiles for 2018
        Environmental Hazard - Coal Mining
        Environmental Hazard - Conventional Oil and Gas Wells
        Environmental Hazard - Hazardous Materials Releases
        Environmental Hazard - Unconventional Wells
        Environmental Hazard - Gas and Liquid Pipeline
        Environmental Hazard - Other


Each individual hazard profile from the 2013 HMP Update can be downloaded by clicking on the links above, and the full Risk Assessment chapter from the 2013 HMP Update can be viewed below or downloaded by clicking here.

Please submit any comments you have on the 2013 Risk Assessment using the comment box below. Your comment will be posted on this webpage for others to reply to and read.

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