Community Risk Assessment

A Guide for Conducting a Community Risk Assessment

Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is a process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources (emergency response and prevention) to reduce their occurrence and impact. Typically, Community Risk Reduction programs use a six-step approach towards development.

  • Step 1: Identify Risks
  • Step 2: Prioritize Risks
  • Step 3: Develop Strategies & Tactics to Mitigate Risks
  • Step 4: Prepare the CRR Plan
  • Step 5: Implement the CRR Plan
  • Step 6: Monitor, Evaluate, and Modify the CRR Plan

The Community Risk Assessment Guide has been developed to help fire departments and other organizations to conduct a basic or more complex assessment of risks within their community. Ultimately, the results of the risk assessment can be used to develop a CRR plan.

The guide describes various processes and methods used in the first two steps of developing a CRR plan: Identification of Risks and Prioritization of Risks. This is followed by a description on how to put it all together, with an example of how a risk assessment document might be compiled. The guide also includes a comprehensive list of additional resources that can be utilized in developing a risk assessment.

Esri: GIS Mapping Systems
Institution of Fire Engineers - USA Branch