I find it challenging to consistently track all-hazards (or, what I think is a better framework, “all-risks”).
My own interests and expertise push forward specific concerns. The unfolding events of each day push forward other concerns. I am most often surprised by those risks that fall in-between. I don’t so much mind making a conscious choice and losing the bet. Being surprised is a bigger problem.
So I try to keep on my intellectual radar a wide range of threat-capabilities, more than specific threats. For example, the threat of losing electric power, regardless of cause, is usually toward the top of my list. The cascade of second and third order effects of losing power exposes a wide range of vulnerabilities. I might be able to reduce or mitigate those vulnerabilities in advance.
I am not trying to — could not — capture all possible risks, even for just the last few days. But what are the most important risks not referenced below? How do you define important? What would you take off the list and why?
Three dead in Chicago heatwave
Thunderstorms spawn tornadoes and watersprout
House passes climate change bill
Boehner promises climate bill will cause bureaucratic nightmare
A tropical wave has formed south of Cuba
US rate of H1N1 infection increases
US swine flu vaccination program considered
H1N1 spreads across Southern Hemisphere: Australia, Brazil, and South Africa
Swine flu vaccine: the race is on
Leaky dam increases flood risk
Utility device sparks wildfire
DC Metro control system fails test
Safety board can’t investigate ammonia leak
Chemical leak sends five students to hospital
House committee passes Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act
Dems moving to gut chemical security bill
Military command is created for cyber security
Pakistan bombs Taliban in Waziristan
Islamabad urges US to stop drone attacks inside Pakistan
Calderon says Mexican democracy is at stake
Pentagon, DHS divided on military’s role at border
People on terrorist watch list allowed to buy guns
Shift possible on Terror Suspects’ Detention
House passes DHS appropriations bill
Johnson testifies on I&A mission and budget