Prepare > Assess Hazards and Vulnerabilities

The first step in preparedness is to determine what types of hazards the community needs to prepare for and what assets are most vulnerable.

A Hazard Analysis is an in-depth analysis of all potential disasters, both natural and man-made, that may affect the community and the potential impacts of those disasters. The Vulnerability Assessment analyzes the building elements, facilities, population groups and other critical components of the community to identify critical infrastructure that is susceptible to damage from the effects of identified hazards.

A hazard and vulnerability assessment helps the community focus the remaining preparedness efforts on the most relevant disasters and critical assets. 

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The Texas Engineering Extension Service can provide training and assistance with hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment. TEEX offers courses in Security Vulnerability Assessment Training and Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Awareness, as well as the Secure Assessment Software Tool.

For more information, contact Diane Cornwell at 1-800-541-7149 or