A community, or coalition, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (CHVA) was conducted in late 2018 to analyze the risks of large-scale emergency or disaster events within AzCHER-Central’s service area. A survey was sent to members to rank the top 10 risks presented to their facilities. The risk options were those listed in the most commonly used HVA tool developed by Kaiser Permanante.

A total of 135 facilities responded, with the majority of respondents originating in Maricopa County, 8% from Pinal County, and 2% from Gila County. A diversity of provider types was represented, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, community health centers, and more.

Survey results yielded the following top 10 risks for member facilities:

1. Temperature Extremes

2. Inclement Weather

3. Communication / Telephone Failure

4. Active Shooter

5. External Fire

6. IT System Outage

7. Workplace Violence / Threat

8. Flood

9. Power Outage

10. Internal Fire

AzCHER-Central’s Planning Committee reviewed members’ risks with the threats and hazards identified by each of the jurisdiction’s three counties. With few exceptions, member survey results aligned with county assessments. The committee elected to adopt the survey results as the coalition’s Top 10 vulnerabilities, a proposal that was approved by coalition membership in December of 2018.

The identified risks will be used by the coalition to drive resource allocation (such as coalition funds) and to inform trainings and exercises (such as through scenario development and capabilities to be tested). The complete CHVA report can be found here, which includes a list of all participating organizations and facilities.