Words into Action guideline: National Disaster Risk Assessment (Consultative version)

The National Disaster Risk Assessment (NDRA) sets the stage for successful disaster risk management ranging from prevention and risk reduction to preparedness and crisis management, through informing disaster response and recovery strategies. For a NDRA to be successful in supporting risk reduction, it requires:

  • an inclusive governance mechanism;
  • a broad set of technical, financial, and administrative capacities;
  • availability of reliable data and solid methodology; and
  • political will to ensure that the outcomes are accessible, understandable, and usable for the intended disaster risk management purposes.  

The first part of this guideline focuses on the main elements in the NDRA process categorized in three stages:

  • Stage I: Preparing and scoping
  • Stage II: Conducting risk analysis
  • Stage III: Using results in DRR and development decisions

The second part (Part 2: Special Topics) consists of modules on specific issues that should be considered in the design and conduct of NDRA depending on the context and NDRA policy objectives of the country. This part is has a modular design and each module can be read independently.  

The third part (Part 3: Hazard-Specific Risk Assessment) consists of modules covering more in-depth information on conducting hazard and risk assessment for various hazards. This part also has a modular design.

Informal interim consultation 

As an effort from the international DRR Community and brokered by UNISDR, this official public consultation version is a product of a long and detailed process of drafting, consultation and review. This document will be on PreventionWeb for public review during 2 months and has the purpose to ensure we haven’t overseen aspects that are important to consider. Share your comments through the survey below.


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