Damocles Risk Assessor

Free Disaster Risk Assessor App

We live in precarious times – we all live under “Damoclean Swords”. We are all exposed to different hazards. To different disasters. We are all differently vulnerable.

The free Disaster Risk Assessor App focuses on how we are exposed to risk through interactions between hazards and vulnerabilities. The App addresses your vulnerabilities to disasters. Drawing on internationally respected Standards for disaster management and vulnerability assessment, this App applies the standards to your context.

Risk is assessed – not as an academic exercise, but in order to better manage it. Where your risk is unacceptably high the app supports the development and implementation of effective planning – both before and after disaster impact.

Damocles Risk Assessor
img 2814

1. Identify hazards or threats relevant to you

The “hazard list” from the standard is a good place to start.
Use it to filter which threats or hazards might be relevant to you.
img 1448
img 1908

NFPA 1660 Draft.pdfDownload

img 2691
NFPA Hazards Categories
… and within the categories (including your newly created ones),
Damocles supports adding and editing specific hazards!

2. Filter relevant hazards for significance

damocles risk assessor instructional.004
To the threats or hazards which made it through your initial “might be relevant” filter, attribute a level of significance (on a scale of zero to ten).

https://video.wordpress.com/embed/5ka1X96v?cover=1&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=1&hd=1Proximity & Intensity are just two criteria which influence “How significant?”

3. Consider the level of vulnerability you have to each significant hazard – before a disaster

img 0606
damocles risk assessor instructional.006
image 6
damocles risk assessor instructional.007
We – and the things we care about – are all variously vulnerable.

https://video.wordpress.com/embed/CojRgbmx?cover=1&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=1&hd=1Sometimes vulnerability can be about
being just too close

4. Consider the level of impact an extreme event had (or is having)

img 0605
damocles risk assessor instructional.005

5. Take action where the risk is assessed as high

img 2676
We only assess risk in order to better manage it.
damocles risk assessor instructional.008
damocles risk assessor instructional.009
Configure your report fit for purpose and communicate it to the right people!

Add your email so you never miss our reflections and rumination blog