Hazards in Howard County

Understanding Hazards in Howard County

Preparedness begins with understanding your local hazards. A hazard is any potential source of harm or difficulty and may be natural or manmade. High-risk hazards have a high likelihood of local occurrence and may result in serious consequences to life safety, property, critical infrastructure, the environment, and the economy.

Risk = Likelihood + Consequence

Hazard Resources

For detailed information on hazard risk in Howard County, the following resources provide detailed information on hazard risk in Howard County:

  • Community Hazard Handbook – An overview of local hazards and hazard risk designed for families and businesses in Howard County.

Hazards in Howard County

Howard County's risk assessment includes 26 distinct hazard types. Click on a hazard below to learn more.

  Natural Hazards
  Adversarial/Intentional Hazards   Technological/Accidental Hazards
 Animal/Plant Infestation
 Active Assailant
 Dam Failure
 Drought  Biological Attack
 Disease Epidemic/Unintentional Biological Hazard
 Earthquake  Chemical Attack
 Structure Fire
 Flood  Civil Unrest
 Transportation Hazard
 Hurricane/Tropical Storm
 Cyber/Communications Infrastructure Attack
 Unintentional Chemical Substance Release/Hazmat
 Lightning  Explosives  Unintentional Cyber/Communications Infrastructure Failure
 Severe Winter Weather
 Nuclear Blast
 Unintentional Radiological Substance Release
 Space Weather
 Radiological Attack
 Utility Disruption
 Tornado/Wind Storm
 Wildfire

Prepare Yourself

Understanding your hazard risk is only the first step toward building a resilient community. Learn more about how you can protect your home or business from the consequences of a disaster at the following locations:

ReadyHoCo - Howard County Government

Ready.gov – Dept. of Homeland Security

Emergency.cdc.gov – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation – National Weather Service


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