The Hazard Vulnerability Analysis ( Hva )

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The assess phase is the part when the department evaluates the essential functions, prioritizing these functions and developing a hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA). For the Department of Homeland Security there are five essential missions and these are listed in order of precedence: preventing terrorism, enhancing security, securing and managing our borders, enforce immigration laws and prepare for disasters (DHS.Gov, 2015). As you can see, DHS missions are critical to the welfare of the country and it citizens that it protects. The hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA) consists of three parts that develop the overall risk. They are; hazards which negatively impact DHS, impact or consequences of the hazard and the vulnerability to each hazard. The combination of these components provides the overall risk, which builds the foundation for the COOP. When evaluating these functions, certain incidents have more of a threat or hazard that are likely to impact the support and essential functions of DHS, which can be a religious or political extremist terrorist attack, cyber warfare, a critical infrastructure attack, electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), mass immigration at the borders and natural disasters (ie. Hurricanes, Tornados). These type of threats would affect every agency within DHS by possibly limiting resources to the disaster site, personnel being killed in the event of a terrorist attack at a federal building, which would have an effect on protecting and keeping the

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