Risk Methodology Feedback – Relevance and Organization of Components and Data Elements

In accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (Homeland Security Act), FEMA uses a risk methodology to annually calculate the “relative threat, vulnerability, and consequences from acts of terrorism” for the 56 states and territories and the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and implemented by the U.S. Census Bureau).

FEMA is undertaking a comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative review of the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative risk methodology, including soliciting feedback from our stakeholders to develop recommendations for future modifications to the methodology.  

FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate is seeking feedback related to the relevance and organizational structure of the current risk methodology components (Threat, Vulnerability and Consequence) and their corresponding data elements in assessing the relative terrorism risk to a jurisdiction. The document below includes a new set of questions related to appropriateness of current methodology components and data elements.

Links to additional documentation on the risk methodology are posted below, including a graphic showing the methodology design and data sources used to populate the fiscal year 2021 risk methodology.

To provide comments, please use the fillable pdf. document posted below. Once you have completed your input, save and email the document as an attachment, or send your response in a separate document, to FEMA-MSA-Process@fema.dhs.gov. Responses are due no later than 5 p.m. ET on February 4, 2022. All responses will be reviewed and considered as part of FEMA’s comprehensive review of the SHSP and UASI risk methodology.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Terrorism Risk Methodology: Relevance and Organization of Components and Data Elements Questions

A set of fillable questions for states, territories, and metropolitan statistical areas stakeholders to provide feedback on the relevance and organization of components and data elements for the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative Risk Methodology.

State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative Risk Methodology Data Sources

List of the components and elements of the Fiscal Year 2021 State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative Risk Methodology, and their correspondent data sources and timeframe.

Fiscal Year 2021 FEMA GPD Risk Methodology Graphic

Graphical depiction of the Fiscal Year 2021 State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative Risk Methodology.

Last updated January 10, 2022