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About HVAs

The hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA) is an emergency preparedness tool for evaluating the likelihood and impact of hazardous situations. The results of this analysis are then used to guide preparedness efforts.

Assessment Steps

In eICS, there is a systematic approach to complete assessments using a wizard-like HVA process that consists of three main steps: 

  • Associating hazards with actual incidents
  • Evaluating the threat of hazards
  • Reviewing and finalizing the assessment

By associating hazards with actual incidents, the HVA tool in eICS enumerates the occurrence of hazards and links this information to incidents and their incident response guides (IRGs). The next step involves assessing the probability and impact of hazards, along with your facility’s level of preparedness. The information from these two steps is combined and presented as a ranking of hazards, which should be reviewed prior to finalizing the assessment.

Overview and Compliance

Some facilities, such as hospitals, are required to complete HVAs annually to demonstrate compliance with emergency preparedness regulations. 

Administrators can view the status of assessments and top risks for their facility, coalition, health system, or domain on the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis page, accessed through the Planning menu. 

After selecting the facility, coalition, health system, or domain at the top, two lists appear that define assessment statuses and top risks. Basic information about assessments is presented, and links to Print, View, and/or Update are available. The top risks table presents a ranked list of hazards based on annual data.

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