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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 Stages of Risk Balance and Security
The stages of risk balance and security

This chapter deals with themes that relate more directly to managing and addressing identified hazards. The actions taken at various times and in particular places may work to alleviate potential harm or perhaps work to circumvent the occurrence of harm altogether. On the other hand, opportunities for responding and planning may be missed, resulting in greater harm than might have been the case if opportunities had been taken advantage of, or had the radar been programmed to register alternative possibilities. The strategies employed by individuals, institutions, and states obviously vary, but so too does the weight that each accords particular hazards: demands on attention, time, and resources affect the prioritization and management ...

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