Warren County Severe Weather Risk Assessment

In the U.S. Department of Homeland Security publication Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Lexicon, risk is defined as the “potential for an unwanted outcome resulting from an incident, event, or occurrence, as determined by its likelihood and the associated consequences,” and “risk assessment” is defined as the “product or process which collects information and assigns values to risks for the purpose of informing priorities, developing or comparing courses of action, and informing decision making.”

Warren County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for coordinating county-wide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery to minimize the adverse impact of disasters on people and property in the county. The first step in this process is to develop a risk assessment. Performing a risk assessment for Warren County provides Warren County Emergency Management Agency with the basis for planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with the greatest threats and hazards confronting the county.

An assessment of the community’s threats, hazards and risks provides the basis for planning and implementing measures to reduce the negative consequences of a disaster or catastrophic event. Directly eliminating threats or hazards is usually very difficult or even impossible. Risk reduction is more likely to be achieved by addressing the community’s vulnerabilities to the threats and hazards or by controlling their associated risks by strengthening the community’s prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 14,930 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Warren County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The breakdown of these events is as follows:

Type Count
Avalanche: 0
Blizzard: 1
Cold: 90
Dense Fog: 40
Drought: 57
Dust Storm: 0
Flood: 2,358
Hail: 3,200
Heat: 78
Heavy Snow: 119
High Surf: 0
Hurricane: 0
Ice Storm: 52
Landslide: 0
Strong Wind: 203
Thunderstorm Winds: 8,194
Tropical Storm: 0
Wildfire: 1
Winter Storm: 137
Winter Weather: 60