The THIRA (Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment) process is the most comprehensive hazard analysis in emergency management and homeland security. It provides more information than the traditional hazard analysis by examining each hazard through the lens of each of the 31 Core Capabilities which have been specifically defined by the stakeholders of the jurisdiction. The end result of the THIRA is a snapshot of the hazards a jurisdiction faces and the identification of what is needed to handle that hazard within each of the five mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation). It can be a complex process, but well worth the investment of time for a jurisdiction. More, however, can be learned and the THIRA should inform more than just your plans.
For states and UASIs (Urban Area Security Initiative jurisdictions), the process continues in the form of the SPR (State Preparedness Report). The SPR uses the THIRA data and applies a POETE (Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising) analysis to each capability. The POETE analysis drills deeper into each capability, allowing the jurisdiction to better understand their strengths and weaknesses within each capability. This is extremely valuable information and clearly there are benefits to more than just states and UASIs conducting a POETE analysis. The SPR process also prompts jurisdictions to assign a priority to each capability – High, Medium, or Low. All in all, this provides a depth of data, but what does it all mean?
While the SPR process expands on the THIRA foundation by prompting a more in-depth analysis of each capability, the end result is a multitude of data points. Taken individually, a jurisdiction can examine details of a specific capability, but further analysis needs to be undertaken to see the big picture. Many jurisdictions rate quite a few of the 31 Core Capabilities as a High priority. So what do you focus on? If everything is a priority then nothing is a priority!
In response to this, Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC has developed a proprietary Capability Prioritization which incorporates stakeholder-assigned priorities while also considering the ratings provided in the POETE analysis. The results of the Capability Prioritization provide a relative priority ranking of the Core Capabilities for the jurisdiction which can give the jurisdiction a better view of the overall priorities for continued development of preparedness strategies across the POETE spectrum, policy issues, investment justification, and resource allocation.
Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC is skilled and experienced in conducting THIRAs and POETE Analysis – plus we equip your jurisdiction with usable data and recommendations based on our findings. Contact us today to jumpstart and focus your preparedness efforts. The investment will pay off! Be Proactive, Be Prepared! ™
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