Integrated Hazard Risk Management Program

Understanding the following is fundamental to effective risk management:

What natural hazard(s) may threaten a given location?

How likely is it that the hazard(s) will impact property in North Carolina and to what degree?

What people and assets (both natural and built) are exposed to the hazard(s)?

What consequences may occur when a hazard does impact property in North Carolina?

What actions can be taken to minimize the likelihood of the hazard and/or the consequences?

What are the associated costs and benefits of these risk-reducing options?

How do current decisions about these risk variables affect future options?

IHRM provides this information through the iRISK tool so that users can educate themselves about their risk and make informed decisions that will help save lives, decrease property damage, and improve resiliency to natural disasters. GTMO developed the iRISK tool to help users evaluate and prioritize actions that are appropriate for reducing risk to an individual building from a specific hazard. GTMO also developed an improved hazard mitigation planning approach leveraging all the data and products of IHRM to be used by local governments in preparing hazard mitigation plans for state and FEMA approval. For local government’s hazard mitigation planning, the iRISK tool supports the evaluation of risk-reducing actions applicable to both the neighborhood and community-wide scales. Four pilot counties in North Carolina will be the first to demonstrate the revised planning approach and the associated computer-based tools. These counties are Durham, Edgecombe, Macon, and New Hanover.

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