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Understanding Your Risks: Identifying Hazards and Esitmating Losses (FEMA 386-2)


FEMAThis guide (the second in the Mitigation How To series) will help States, Tribes, and communities to determine:

  1. which natural hazards could affect a jurisdiction;
  2. what areas of the jurisdiction are vulnerable to the hazards;
  3. what assets will be affected; and
  4. to what degree they will be affected, as measured through dollar losses.

The guide is multi-hazard in scope, addressing flood, earthquake, tsunami, tornado, coastal storm, landslide and wildfire. For communities dealing with multiple hazards, guidance is also provided on how to develop a composite loss estimate. Once the risk assessment is completed, States and communities will have the information necessary to develop a strategy and plan for reducing their losses.

The website allows download of individual chapters. The full document in 16.5 MB.

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