Peter Ashwin, principal, Event Risk Management Solutions, is one of a number of expert speakers who will be presenting in San Diego at IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS) and Severe Weather Preparedness programs March 10-15.
On March 15, Ashwin will present A Risk Based Approach to Mitigating Severe Weather Events & Enhancing Organizational Resilience
Risk Management, a class that will contribute to the achievement of resilience by identifying opportunities to build resilience into planning and resourcing to achieve risk reduction in advance of a hazard, as well as enabling the mitigation of consequences of any disasters that do occur.
The aim of this session is to introduce attendees to the fundamentals of risk management and resilience based on the international standard, ISO 31000: Risk Management – Guidelines and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines for all hazards risk management and industry best practices to “prepare, prevent, respond and recover” from severe weather events.
By the end of the session, attendees will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of risk management, the inter-dependencies between risk, hazards, threat and vulnerability and the relationship between risk controls (countermeasures) and how the level of risk for a severe weather event can be modified through reducing the likelihood and consequences of the risk event.
Ashwin took some time out of a busy schedule to chat about the upcoming class.
What should be the primary takeaway for attendees who come to the class?
A deeper understanding of a risk based approach to critical decision-making before, during, and after severe weather events.
How exactly does risk management play into severe weather in advance of said weather?
Adopting a risk based approach ensures that planners and key decision makers identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation controls to reduce the potential impact of severe weather events on the organization’s mission and critical success factors.
Can you provide a specific example of how effective risk management mitigated what could have been a much more problematic weather outcome?
While I was onsite at the 2017 World Championship BBQ Cook-Off Competition hosted by Memphis in May, the Incident Management Team applied the concept of risk velocity (time to make a critical risk based decision) and initiated an evacuation of the event site to ensure all guests and competing teams could safely move to designated locations to shelter in place prior to the arrival of a thunderstorm that contained high winds and lightning.