Whether you are into prevention, mitigation, response, or recovery, we all deal with the deadly trifecta of natural, accidental, and intentional threats. A few recent examples:
Natural threats: The Arizona wildfire continues to burn as Alex threatens the Texas-Mexico border just as a 6.2 earthquake hits near Oaxaca. (See a very helpful overview of natural disasters from National Geographic.)
Accidental threats: Arguably the worst industrial accident in American history continues to emerge from the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico.
Intentional threats: The ambush killing of a leading Mexican political candidate is blamed on the drug cartels while five Northern Virginians are convicted of terrorism charges.
To win a trifecta the gambler (risk analyst?) has to accurately call which of the options will come in first, second, and third. I’ve never been much of a gambler. Maybe that’s why I keep pushing resilience.