Commission Staff Working Paper on Risk assessment and mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management SEC (2010) 1626 final
The main purpose of the working paper is to improve coherence and consistency among the risk assessments undertaken in the Member States at national level in the prevention, preparedness and planning stages and to make these risk assessments more comparable between Member States. Coherent methods for national risk assessments will support a common understanding in the EU of the risks faced by Member States and the EU, and will facilitate co-operation in efforts to prevent and mitigate shared risks, such as cross-border risks. The guidelines in the working document build on experience in the practical implementations of national risk assessments and mapping, in particular existing good practice risk assessments of major natural and man-made disasters available in Member States. The guidelines take full account of existing EU legislation including the directives on flood risks, protection of European Critical Infrastructures, and on the control of major accident hazards (Seveso), the Water Framework Directive (drought management). Moreover, the guidelines consider a number of Eurocodes, such as Eurocode 8 on building design standards for seismic risks, and also the Council conclusions on prevention of forest fires within the European Union. The guidelines also gather results from most recent research in the area of risk assessment and mapping.