Public Safety and Emergency Services


Public safety concerns freedom from accidents, violence, crime, conflict, terrorism, or disasters and the ability of a community to either prevent or reduce the likelihood or adverse impacts of such occurrences. Crime and disaster response capacity are enhanced by adequate numbers of well-trained safety officers and emergency personnel, as well as emergency response planning and preparedness, adequately equipped emergency services and emergency communications. Communities require and are able to ensure appropriate speed, volume, and type of traffic, as well as the safe transport of any hazardous materials which can affect incident risk and safety.

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Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities

This tool was created to help with disaster resilience planning. The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that allow local governments to assess their disaster resilience; helps to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030; and supports the baseline analysis for preparation of the disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies. The Scorecard provides both preliminary and detailed assessments, and is complemented well by the Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool.

Although created for use by public officials, this resource will help change agents and business leaders to better understand the range of factors that should be considered for disaster resilience planning, and will help you to ask the right questions of government experts in the areas in which you operate.

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Quick Risk Estimation (QRE)

This tool from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) will help you to identify and understand current and future risks, stressors, and other threats to human and physical assets in the area where you operate. Using a multi-stakeholder engagement process, as well as the hazards classifications outlined by the UNDRR, the tool provides a dashboard-style risk assessment to highlight primary and associated perils based on user input.