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Franklin County Risk Assessment

2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment Executive Summary

Franklin County Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is dedicated to ensuring Franklin County remains prepared to protect all residents and citizens before, during, and after all types of natural and man-made disasters.  In an effort to minimize the adverse impact of disasters on people and property in Franklin County, FCEM&HS recently updated the Franklin County Risk Assessment. 

The 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment is a detailed study of the hazards most likely to impact Franklin County. Nineteen threats and hazards – dangerous events such as winter storms, floods and terrorist attacks – were analyzed and ranked according to the potential risk they pose.  The assessment of the community’s threats, hazards, and risks provides the basis for planning and implementing measures to reduce the negative consequences of a disaster or catastrophic event by strengthening the community’s prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities.

FCEM&HS worked over an extended period to collect and assess information related to 19 potential natural, technological and human-caused threats and hazards that have occurred in the past or may occur in the future. A workgroup of representatives within the county estimated the risks posed by these threats and hazards according to a pre-determined risk scoring methodology based on the probability of occurrence and associated negative consequences.

Below are the 19 hazards listed according to their rankings; the lower the numerical ranking, the higher the hazard’s likelihood and potential consequences in Franklin County:

1.       Tornadoes

2.       Cyber Threat

3.       Infectious Disease

4.       Flooding

5.       Lone Wolf Terrorist Attack

6.       Dam Failure

7.       Utility/Energy Interruption or Failure

8.       Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) Terrorist Incident

9.       Severe Winter Weather

10.     Hazardous Materials Incidents

11.     Civil Disturbance

12.     Severe Summer Weather

13.     Transportation Accident- Aircraft

14.     Space Weather

15.     Extreme Heat

16.     Earthquakes

17.     Invasive Species

18.     Air &Water Pollution/ Contamination

19.     Drought

The purpose of the 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment is to enhance the County’s decision-making process in regards to homeland security and emergency management by providing Decision-makers with risk-based information that differentiates various decision options under consideration. Thus, the primary users of the Risk Assessment are those government officials within the county who are responsible for managing the risks related to natural disasters, technological failures and man-made acts of terrorism.

The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fiscal Year 2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation funds administered through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA).

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