Assessing the Risks

Do you know what you should or should not do during an emergency? Most people are unprepared for emergencies -- but you can change that by following a few tips provided on this site. The first step is to consider the risks.

Risk Assessment

There is a simple equation that we use to evaluate risk: Probability   x   Impact = Risk


Probability measures the likelihood of an incident affecting you or your family. If you live near an industrial zone, the likelihood of an incident involving hazardous substances is higher than if you live in a rural area. However, the possibility of a power outage during winter may be higher in areas where there are above ground wires such as rural areas since wires are buried in most urban areas in Brampton.


Then we rate the impact of these emergencies. Would this incident be localized and cause little damage to your home? Would it be devastating? Would it have short term or lasting effects on you, your family, your property?


Now that you have data for all possible incidents, let’s do the multiplication. The resulting Risk Factors will define your priorities in preparing for emergencies in your neighbourhood.

You can learn more about your specific priorities by checking out the links to those incidents with the highest risk factors. You will find a quick summary of what you should do — and what you should not do — in such major emergencies.