Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis Tool Kit


A new and improved online Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) tool for local authorities and First Nations is coming soon. The existing HRVA tool will be phased out over the summer of 2019.
If you are using this tool or have questions about the new tool, please contact your EMBC Regional Office.


The purpose of Hazard, risk and vulnerability analysis (HRVA) is to help a community make risk-based choices to address vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards and prepare for response to and recovery from hazard events. Risk-based means based on informed choices of alternate unwanted outcomes. In other words, communities make risk reduction choices based on the acceptability of consequences and the frequency of hazards.
Why conduct HRVA?

You may think that your number one hazard is flooding because it occurs frequently. However, you may find that your greatest risk is an earthquake. Even though the chance of a large earthquake might be highly unlikely, the consequences could be devastating so the overall risk is great.

You have limited time and resources, so identify risk reduction action items for your greatest risks first.

HRVA is a critical part of every emergency program and is a requirement mandated by the
Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation of the British Colulmbia Emergency Program Act. Section 2(1) of this regulation requires local authorities to prepare emergency plans that reflect:
The local authority's assessment of the relative risk of occurrence and the potential impact on people and property of the emergencies or disasters that could affect all or any part of the jurisdictional area for which the local authority has responsibility.
The tools


Download the complete step-by-step Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) Tool Kit.


EMBC has developed an application to conduct an HRVA on-line. Click HRVA Community Self-Assessment Tool to access the HRVA application (requires Internet Explorer version 5+). It is recommended that you contact hazard subject matter experts when conducting a risk assessment. For assistance with the HRVA tool contact your regional office.