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25 Aug 13 20:05

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection has published its first national disaster risk assessment in April 2013. It covers in a first phase 12 hazards from the natural, technological and societal realm. It will be complemented by some 20 hazards in the next two years. The assessment is based on a pragmatic, but systematic approach addressing the particular needs of civil protection and emergency/disaster management. The assessment will provide the foundation for the national disaster preparedness in Switzerland. The methodological report as well as the "Risk Report 2012"; are available on the website: in four languages (in German and French: complete documentation, in English: methodological report and "Risk Report 2012", but no annexes, in Italian: "Risk Report 2012", but no annexes).

Nat. Gefaehrdungsanlayse

Das VBS bzw. das Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz BABS wurde am 19. Dezember 2008 vom Bundesrat mit der Koordination einer nationalen Gefährdungsanalyse ‚Risiken Schweiz‘ beauftragt.

Category: Climate/natural disasters: Disaster risk, Other

Location: Switzerland


Urs Leimbacher - 26 Aug 2013, 10:55 a.m.

Congratulations to all who contributed to this analysis!

As a Swiss taxpayer, this is exactly what I would expect from my government: a systematic and forward-looking approach to analyzing the risks we face as a country (or as a region / city etc. - that's for the other levels of government).

Analyses like this will also be helpful to inform and stimulate an international dialogue about identifying and managing risks. This is clearly an area were countries can learn from each other.

stebrem - 26 Aug 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Thank you, Urs, for your comment.

Our office supports also supports the Cantons in their disaster risk assessment efforts related to their civil protection tasks ( Some cities (smaller and bigger) have also started along the same methodological lines.

On the national level, the collaboration between the various federal, cantonal and municipality levels, representatives from academia and private sector, in particular critical infrastructure operators, but also from (re-)insurance companies was a crucial factor to cover a set of 12 impact indicators in order to get a comprehensive risk profile.

Peter Hausmann - 29 Aug 2013, 1:17 p.m.

Interesting initiative where you are also confronted with frequency estimations of rare events. As a surprise comes the very low value for traffic accidents with hazardous material (< 1/10'000years).

stebrem - 31 Aug 2013, 11:13 a.m.

The main explanation for this position is the following: There are a lot of preventative measures in place. The hazardous material - as described in the scenario (see - is not that often anymore transported on this mode.

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