The world is full of dangerous things: chemicals, organisms, materials, diseases, and more. Some are natural and others are manmade. Regardless of the source, undergoing a threat and hazard identification risk assessment process, known by its acronym THIRA, identifies what is dangerous and specifies how to contain it, deal with it if exposed, and dispose of it safely. The work is highly specialized and requires extensive subject-specific knowledge and experience.
Fortunately Hagerty has the necessary qualifications and experience developing threat and hazard risk assessment plans in the private and public sectors to meet our clients’ needs. THIRA is federally mandated by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness for grantees who receive Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) awards. Read more about our work with THIRA here.
Another aspect of hazard vulnerability assessments is developing effective Emergency Operation Plans (EOP). Likely hazards are identified, analyzed, and prioritized. Notes about their physical characteristics, severity, history, frequency, and impact all fill out and strengthen strategic plans and policies that address the respective hazards, and also provide the data necessary to make informed operational decisions.
Hagerty professionals working on hazard assessment assignments typically include a THIRA coupled with a response-based gap assessment, and incorporate both in a State Preparedness Report (SPR) for clients. The SPR lays out in detail a client’s competencies within the 31 core capabilities from the National Preparedness Goal.
It’s a lot to absorb, but knowledge is an essential first step in Preparedness. Hagerty has both knowledge and experience assessing hazards. Don’t rely on luck; rely on our experience.