RISK Assessment

The Franklin County Risk Assessment is a detailed study of the hazards most likely to impact Franklin County. Hazards are examined and ranked in order to provide a basis for funding, planning, training, and exercise priorities.

Franklin County Risk Assessment Executive Summary

Twenty threats and hazards – dangerous events such as winter storms, floods and terrorist attacks – were analyzed and ranked by subject matter experts according to the potential risk they pose.  The assessment of the community’s threats, hazards, and risks provides the basis for planning and implementing measures to reduce the negative consequences of a disaster by strengthening the community’s prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities.

The purpose of the Franklin County Risk Assessment is to enhance the County’s decision-making process in regards to homeland security and emergency management by providing risk-based information that can be applied to decisions regarding planning, training, exercises, and funding.

Below are the 20 hazards listed in order; the lower the numerical ranking, the higher the hazard’s likelihood and potential consequences in Franklin County:

  1. Tornadoes
  2. Cyber Threat
  3. Infectious Disease
  4. Flooding
  5. Lone Wolf Terrorist Attack
  6. Dam Failure
  7. Utility/Energy Interruption or Failure
  8. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) Terrorist Incident.
  9. Severe Winter Weather
  10. Hazardous Materials Incidents
  11.  Civil Disturbance
  12. Severe Summer Weather
  13. Transportation Accident- Aircraft
  14. Space Weather
  15. Extreme Heat
  16. Earthquakes
  17. Invasive Species
  18. Air &Water Pollution/ Contamination
  19. Drought
  20. Karst/Sinkhole