Improve Your Risk Evaluation and Control #4 – hazard maps

Identifying new risks and additional controls can provide visible and evident benefits to the organization but can initially seem daunting.  By following these tips, you can expedite this step and grow your network while enhancing your organization’s defences.

In addition to creating organization-wide methods of information collection and distribution, you may want to add these research methods to your information gathering activities.

Tip #4 Analyze risk data from hazard maps

Economical online hazard maps are available usually on a regional or national scale.  More detailed hazard maps and further risk information should be available from local municipalities.  Take this opportunity to connect with the local officials involved with emergency management. Business continuity planners may be well aware of local risks but when you have locations spread across the country or around the world, these maps can be extremely valuable.

Insurers and re-insurers (I recommend SwissRe) provide valuable free information online about current and emerging risks. It is worth taking some time to review the information that may be relevant to your organization.

Some samples of hazard maps online

Natural Hazard Map of Canada, Alberta Flood Hazard Map, Aon Political Risk Map, Swiss Re Flood Risk App for iPad

Return tomorrow for our next tip…

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice One – Program Initiation and Management DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

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