Certificates and Management Skills Task –
Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) Application

Certificates and Management Skills Task –
Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) Application
This assignment is comprised of two parts – the completion of two online, self-directed
courses and conducting a HRV assessment. Of note, there is much content in this
assignment, read all slowly please 😊
Part 1 – Certificates

  1. Complete the following certificate from the humanitarian leadership academy Kaya –
    Blast DRRM: Participatory Risk Assessment and Hazard Capacity Vulnerability Assessment (HCVA)
    at https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=1154.
    It will take up to 30 minutes to complete.
    You should already have an account with Kaya so instructions to create one are not provided.
  2. In collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas
    A&M Engineering Extension Service (at https://teex.org/) is now offering the course
    related to this subject matter . . . the nine (9) hour AWR401 Threat & Hazard
    Identification & Risk Assess & Stakeholder Preparedness Review course. Given the
    venue is different, please adhere to the following instructions to access and complete it.
    First, create a ‘myTEEX’ account if you’re a new user
  3. Go to https://teex.org/class/awr401/, entitled Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assess &
    Stakeholder Preparedness Review.
  4. On the right side, click on the red Register button.
  5. As a new user, register for a ‘myTEEX’ Student Portal account by clicking on Create Account.
  6. Fill out all requirements on the form and click Create Account at the bottom.
  7. An email will be sent to your chosen email address with a verification code.
  8. Click on the link provided in the email and you will be directed to a web page that states your account has
    been verified. Of note, you may be asked to input the verification code in order to proceed; I was not.
  9. Click on Please login next (at the end of the phrase in blue).
  10. Enter your email and password you just created into the appropriate boxes and click Sign in.
  11. Next, click whichever applies to you – Yes, I have or No, I’m new here.
  12. Read the information and click Continue at the bottom.
  13. Read this page and click Continue at the bottom.
    This section is now completed.
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    Secondly, read carefully, and answer all required questions for Participant Information registration
  14. DHS/FEMA Required Information
    a. Select Emergency Management Services for the Student Discipline.
    b. Select Other for Level of Government.
    c. Enter the number of Years in Current Position (if you are new to Emergency Management, enter 0).
    d. Enter your FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) (which you should already have from completing
    past FEMA certificates).
  15. Participant Information
    a. Check the box under Participant Information to ensure your full name is correctly filled out.
    b. Enter your Date of Birth (i.e., MM/DD/YYYY).
    c. Enter your Position/Title (i.e., if you are new, enter Student).
    d. Enter the Name of Company/Organization/School (i.e., I used Cape Breton University).
    e. For Are you a U.S. Citizen?, select Yes or No (i.e., most should enter No).
    f. For Are you a Permanent Resident?, select Yes or No.
    g. Enter your City of Birth (i.e., Halifax).
    h. Enter your Country of Birth (i.e., Canada).
    i. For Are you a veteran, active duty service member, spouse of a veteran, or child of a veteran?, select
    Yes or No.
    j. For How did you hear about us?, select Other than write University underneath.
  16. Contact Information
    a. Select your Mailing Address country as Canada (or other is you reside in another country).
    b. Enter where you currently live for the Address 1 (i.e., I used the university’s address – P.O. Box 5300,
    1250 Grand Lake Road).
    c. Enter your Zipcode/Postal (i.e., the university’s postal code of B1P 6L2).
    d. Enter your City (i.e., Sydney).
    e. Enter your State/Region (i.e., Nova Scotia).
  17. Contact Information (1 of 3 required)
    a. Enter your phone number (i.e., 9025555555).
    b. Click Continue.
    The Participant Information section is now completed.
    The final step to complete for Payment and Billing Information is as follows –
  18. Below the heading Payment Options, read the content and then click Finish.
  19. A confirmation web page will be generated and you are now ready to begin this course by simply clicking on
    the Start Course button.
    A gentle reminder that it will take approximately nine (9) hours to complete the AWR401 Threat & Hazard
    Identification & Risk Assess & Stakeholder Preparedness Review course.
    The completion of these two certificates is worth 15%.
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    Part 2 – Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) Application
    Task
    In an effort to provide you with a real-life opportunity, you will be conducting a hazard, risk and vulnerability
    assessment for one of the following three settings of your choosing:
  20. The organization you currently work for or volunteer in
  21. The community you currently reside in or are from (i.e., in your country of origin)
  22. Cape Breton University including both the campus and its residences
    If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at your earliest convenience so we can explore other
    options that would be of interest to you. For example, perhaps you’d like to conduct a fictitious one for the city of
    Seabiu?
    Deliverables
    This assignment is an important first step in developing an Emergency Management program, and generally
    consists completing the following five steps.
    Step 1 – Hazard Inventory
    This inventory contains a list of all possible events, even if only remotely, that can impact your chosen setting and
    its surroundings. To get you started, review the attached sample list provided in Moodle, and complete the actions
    below.
  23. Keep what is appropriate and remove all events that are not applicable to your setting.
  24. Identify and add all other potentially new internal and external hazardous events that are unique to the setting.
  25. Provide a definition and/or description for each of the listed events. I have provided you with two examples . . .
    review Staff Shortage and Terrorism.
    Five important notes to be mindful of to ensure a successful outcome for this first step.
  26. Given the requirements for the next steps, ensure you have a minimum of ten events for both sections (i.e.,
    internal and external events). Think large and include as many as you can beyond ten in each.
  27. Definitions and/or descriptions of each event are provided in an effort to avoid misinterpretation among your
    peers when reviewing these (i.e., to ensure everyone is on the same wavelength in their understanding of a
    particular event). This is a very useful activity in anticipation of the next steps within the assessment process.
  28. Include all of your sources for these definitions and/or descriptions in a Reference list, APA style.
  29. You will have noted that the sample form provided includes columns for recording the risk rating that will be
    derived in Step 2, and the priority that will be assigned in Step 3.
  30. If you feel creative, as I know many of you do and are, feel free to design a form that ‘speaks’ to you differently.
    If you decide to use what is provided, remember to remove the watermark.
    This step is worth 12.5 out of 35.
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    Step 2 – Risk Evaluation Calculator
    Once all possible events have been identified and defined in the first step, the next one is to assess the risk of
    each. Risk is the combination of probability that an event will occur and the consequences, or impact, if it does. For
    this step,
  31. choose ten internal events and ten external ones;
  32. apply the risk evaluation calculator (found in Moodle) to all twenty hazards; and
  33. record the results on the Hazard Inventory list.
    Remember, this is simply not an academic exercise; your results may be used by your particular sett ing thereafter.
    So, if necessary, consider bringing together a few representative persons to complete this step.
    This step is worth 2.5 out of 35.
    Step 3 – Rank the Risks
    The numerical risk rating defined by the evaluation in Step 2 can now be recorded in the appropriate column of the
    Hazard Inventory. The final column (Priority) is for assigning the priority of effort and funding that is to be devoted
    to risk reduction measures for each event. To meet the requirements of this step,
  34. identify the importance of each of the twenty chosen hazards from Step 2;
  35. record the results in the final column; and
  36. for any of the top three ones, choose one and justify why you agree or disagree with this finding.
    This step is worth 2.5 out of 35.
    Step 4 – Risk Management Worksheet
    The fourth step in this process is to analyze each event in detail, along with the setting’s vulnerabilities and
    capacities. That will allow appropriate risk reduction strategies to be defined. For this last step,
  37. choose one event (of the twenty in Step 2) from either the internal and external ones; and
  38. complete a detailed worksheet, found in Moodle, for your chosen event.
    This step is worth 12.5 out of 35.
    Step 5 – Documentation
    For this final step, compile your efforts in a document. As a minimum it should include:
  • A title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction or Abstract
  • Findings (including at least the Hazard Inventory form and one detailed Risk Management Worksheet)
  • Reference list
  • Any other pieces of information you believe relevant in this documentation
    This step is worth 5 out of 35.
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    Assessment
    The following general guidelines will be used to assess your hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment.
    ✓ Format including
  • Margins 2.54 cm
  • Font type (your choice); font size, 10 pts
  • Appropriate sub-headings, if used
  • Left aligned with no paragraph indents and
    one blank line between paragraphs
  • 1.5 spacing
  • No page limit
    ✓ Content addresses Part 2 deliverables appropriately.
    ✓ Writing Fluency including
  • Diction (choice of words; vocabulary
    effectively conveys meaning)
  • Syntax (sentence structure; grammar)
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Use of APA style
  • Tone appropriate for primary audience
  • Writing is organized, cohesive and flows well
  • Logical paragraphs with good paragraph
    structure
  • Culturally sensitive, free from regional
    terminology, and unfamiliar or unnecessary
    jargon
    Resources
    All required resources for completing Part 2 of this assignment is available in Moodle. If we decide you’d like to
    conduct an assessment for the city of Seabiu, I will provide you with its profile

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