FEMA 452 - Risk Assessment: A How-To Guide to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks

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The objective of this How-To Guide is to outline methods for identifying the critical assets and functions within buildings, determining the threats to those assets, and assessing the vulnerabilities associated with those threats. The methods presented provide a means to assess risks and to make decisions about how to mitigate them. The scope of the methods includes reducing physical damage to structural and non-structural components of buildings and related infrastructure, and reducing resultant casualties during conventional bomb attacks, as well as attacks involving chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agents. The intended audience includes architects and engineers working for private institutions, building owners/operators/managers, and state and local government officials working in the building sciences community.

Download FEMA 452- Risk Assessment: A How-To Guide to Mitigate Potential Terrorist Attacks from the FEMA Library.

Currently, this manual is being reviewed to include vulnerability questions that will address earthquake, flood, and high wind hazards. Over 400 new vulnerability questions will be added to the existing vulnerability checklist that allows a user to complete a multihazard assessment of a building and site.

Risk Assessment Database v5.0

For information about how to install and use the database, which is located in FEMA 455 - Handbook for Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings to Evaluate Terrorism Risks, consult the Read Me First file located in Chapter 9a.

The Risk Assessment Database v5.0, located in Chapter 9b, contains the User Guide. Once downloaded, the database will appear as a set of files contained in a .zip file. The files must be extracted in order to install using the SETUP.EXE file. This version can be used by a computer-conversant program manager or assessor.

For more information, please email: riskmanagementseriespubs@fema.dhs.gov

Last Updated: 
08/23/2013 - 08:57