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In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.

The Centrality of Security
The centrality of security

In April of 1999, the event now known simply as Columbine occurred. This shooting spree masterminded by two teenagers against their peers at Columbine High School in Colorado received copious media coverage. While this event was the most devastating school shooting in U.S. history—there had been other such events—the shooting also highlighted how dangerous everyday life can be, depending on who you are and where you happen to be. A normal, even mundane aspect of life—going to school—was drastically transformed from routine to deadly. The images associated with Columbine were numerous: from the expressions of pain on the faces of those on the ground hearing the gunfire, smelling the smoke, and experiencing the wounds, to graphics found on ...

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