All Hazards Approach

From Open Risk Manual


All Hazards Approach to Business Continuity planning is an approach that emphasis the unpredictability and inter-correlations of risks during a Major Operational Disruption[1]


Assuming that effects of threats are unpredictable:

  • Locational uncertainty: Localized and regional or global
  • Temporal uncertainty: Interruption can be a few days, months or years
  • Complex mix of risk factors: May be expected or unexpected

All hazards type of approach to contingency planning:

  • Unavailable staff
  • Unavailable buildings, systems or other physical infrstructure resources
  • Limited mobility
  • Unavailable communications
  • Combinations of the above


  1. Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning, FEMA, 1996