Title: Risk management goals and identification of critical infrastructures

Authors: Alexander Fekete; Peter Lauwe; Wolfram Geier

Addresses: German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Provinzialstr, 93, 53127 Bonn, Germany. ' German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Provinzialstr, 93, 53127 Bonn, Germany. ' German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Provinzialstr, 93, 53127 Bonn, Germany

Abstract: Strategic goals help streamlining risk management efforts, and criticality assessments of infrastructures benefit from such goals. This paper offers an introduction into recent German civil protection activities on this topic at national level. It offers a transferable concept on how to identify, document and justify priorities regarding critical infrastructure services. Based on human values it enables to prioritise critical and urgent areas for risk management, in this case in the field of infrastructures. Critical values and key services are identified and then prioritised using time as a criterion. Finally, infrastructure elements are identified and prioritised with a given research unit.

Keywords: risk management; risk governance; civil protection; disaster risks; risk reduction; critical infrastructures; criteria; strategy; critical values; key services; Germany; priority identification; priority justification; infrastructure priorities; emergency planning; emergency management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCIS.2012.050108

International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, 2012 Vol.8 No.4, pp.336 - 353

Available online: 28 Oct 2012 *

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