The first step when developing an emergency response plan is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergency scenarios. An understanding of what can happen will enable you to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your business. The emergency plan should be consistent with your performance objectives.

Hazards to Consider When Developing the Emergency Plan

Natural hazards

Geological hazards

  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Volcano
  • Landslide, mudslide, subsidence

Meteorological Hazards

  • Flood, flash flood, tidal surge
  • Water control structure/dam/levee failure
  • Drought
  • Snow, ice, hail, sleet, arctic freeze
  • Windstorm, tropical cyclone, hurricane, tornado, dust storm
  • Extreme temperatures (heat, cold)
  • Lightning strikes (wildland fire following)

Biological hazards

  • Foodborne illnesses
  • Pandemic/Infectious/communicable disease (Avian flu, H1N1, etc.)

Human-caused events


  • Hazardous material spill or release
  • Nuclear power plant incident (if located in proximity to a nuclear power plant)
  • Explosion/Fire
  • Transportation accident
  • Building/structure collapse
  • Entrapment and or rescue (machinery, confined space, high angle, water)
  • Transportation Incidents (motor vehicle, railroad, watercraft, aircraft, pipeline)


  • Robbery
  • Lost person, child abduction, kidnap, extortion, hostage incident, workplace violence
  • Demonstrations, civil disturbance
  • Bomb threat, suspicious package
  • Terrorism

Technology caused events

  • Utility interruption or failure (telecommunications, electrical power, water, gas, steam, HVAC, pollution control system, sewerage system, other critical infrastructure)
  • Cyber security (data corruption/theft, loss of electronic data interchange or e-commerce, loss of domain name server, spyware/malware, vulnerability exploitation/botnets/hacking, denial of service)

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