The Index for Risk Management - InfoRM - is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development. InfoRM can help identify where and why crises are likely to occur so we can reduce the risks, build people’s resilience and prepare and respond better. Flexible - InfoRM is a stand-alone risk index, but the methodology can be adapted to incorporate additional local or user-specific risks. InfoRM has been developed in response to recommendations by numerous organisations (for example, the World Bank and OCHA) to improve the common evidence basis for risk analysis, as well as the real demands of InfoRM partner organisations. InfoRM is also intended to support action resulting from global policy processes, including the post-2015 framework for development and disaster risk reduction, the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and the resilience ‘agenda’, around which many organisations are focusing their humanitarian and development work. InfoRM is a risk-analysis tool that is designed to support decisions about crisis prevention, preparedness and response.
Data is often scarce in countries at high humanitarian risk where weak development or ongoing conflict prevents sound data management.
The risk of a humanitarian crisis is a function of hazards (events that could occur), vulnerability (the susceptibility of communities to those hazards) and capacity (resources available that can alleviate the impact).
The risk assessments are for the Redland City mainland coastal, hinterland and island communities (Refer to map for more information). This plan focuses on the likelihood and affects of disasters occurring within the Redland City and recognises that Redland City is made up of a “community of communities” that face their own unique challenges during disaster events.


Risk assessment is a process of evaluating the source and possible consequence of the risk, and the likelihood that those consequences will occur.
Such crises - the result of disasters, conflict and other drivers - affect tens of millions of people every year all over the world. InfoRM is not predictive, but it is a good way to take account of complex risk information in the decision-making process. The global results of InfoRM can be used to prioritise countries by risk, or any of its dimensions or components. The results of InfoRM for a single country are a risk profile, which shows the level of individual components of risk.
The results of InfoRM can be used to assess whether existing activities (either location or focus) are commensurate with risk.
It will be helpful for an objective allocation of resources for disaster management as well as for coordinated actions focused on anticipating, mitigating, and preparing for humanitarian emergencies. Recognizing that a global model cannot reflect the complex and sometimes unique factors affecting individual countries, or meet the specific needs of all humanitarian and resilience actors, the methodology will provide a framework for incorporating additional components to allow for more nuanced analysis of specific issues or geographic regions. If we can measure and monitor risk at the country level, we can better prioritize resources and advocate for resilience, preparedness and humanitarian action.


This is achieved through the Risk Rating Matrix below, where the consequence of the risk is mapped against the likelihood that the risk will occur, which provides a risk rating level – low, medium, high or extreme. The index and methodology is currently undergoing thorough analysis by InfoRM core partners, in particular on its performance and relevance in different sectors and the feasibility of adapting internal decision processes to use InfoRM. Furthermore, InfoRM can help develop a shared understanding of risk so that all actors can target their resources in a coordinated and effective manner. An explanation of the criteria for risk likelihood descriptors and risk consequence descriptors appears in the following tables.
You're welcome to download and analyse InfoRM data, but please be cautious with your interpretation and carefully read the methodology and current limitations of InfoRM, as well as the future developments.
Many organizations and governments undertake such risk analysis, however there is currently no global and common evidence-base which could provide a transparent, objective and shared understanding of humanitarian risk.



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