Exploring Terrorism And Terrorism

1312 WordsSep 10, 20176 Pages
Module two highlighted the need for a greater understanding of how to recognize terrorism and what resources can be utilized to strengthen communities. A strong capability to perform hazard and threat assessments can go a long way in helping a community take preventive and protective measure in the fight against terrorism. Fighting terrorism is a combination of several tools and activities aimed at improving response capabilities and reducing the risks from attacks. Activities to measure and improve capabilities can come in the form of prevention, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. Each of these areas is designed to address a specific set of capabilities, or core capabilities, aimed at creating a better more effective method…show more content…
When stakeholders use the combined tools and guidance such as the NRF and the CPG 101, better measures can be taken to improve a community’s preparedness level and reduce the risks associated with a terrorist attack. The NRF and CPG 101 are two parts to a larger arsenal of federal guidance that is provided by FEMA. One key element to maximizing the effectiveness of plans and planning tools is the incorporation of an assessment processes. Key assessment processes should include the following steps to be successful: 1. Identify the list of hazards and threats that may impacts a community. 2. Utilize a scenario to describe the hazards and threats and show how they may impact a community. 3. Conduct an assessment on each hazard and threat to determine a measurable benchmark to achieve a basic level of capability. Define the capability target or goal. 4. Determine the resources required to reach the capability target based on current (available) resources and assets. These four basic steps are the essential pieces to the Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment or THIRA. THIRA is a leading step-by-step methodology to help communities determine where planning gaps exist in the identification and management of hazards. The heart of THIRA is its simple structure that allows communities to identify desired outcomes, determine capability targets, and apply resources to help meet those targets. FEMA describes
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