Why does Public Safety and Security need risk science?
Daily life exposes the public to a broad range of risks. When considering public safety, the goal is to work to protect the public by minimising risks from day-to-day activities through implementation of risk controls and monitoring, and promoting community resilience to emergency situations such as natural disasters, criminal activity, and terrorist incidents.
"There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you are prepared for the worst."
by Stephen King
RSI and Public Safety and Security
Daily risks are monitored by regulators to ensure controls are appropriately implemented and achieve the expected level of public protection. When planning the implementation of controls and the associated monitoring strategy, risk modelling can be used to determine the benefit of different options. This ensures that the control and monitoring activities are effectively allocated for maximum impact. Without an analysis of both the risks present, and the impact of controls and associated monitoring an optimal public safety system can not be assured.
When faced with potentially devastating hazards, working towards community resilience relies upon adequate analyses to support appropriate preparation and response activities to anticipated hazards. This provides scientifically sound analysis of preventative/mitigating options ahead of time, and/or effective emergency management and response during events. These analyses can help lead to communities that can adapt to potentially changing situations, and quickly recover from disruptions.
What is our expertise in Public Safety and Security?
RSI works with regulators to determine appropriate, risk-based monitoring activities for risk controls for daily risks.
For large scale risks, RSI have developed methods and tools that support emergency response planning and preparedness. This includes tools that explore regional-level healthcare needs and response options for infectious diseases, response preparedness for mass casualty terrorist events, and methods to support emergency stockpile planning for medical counter measures and other health care resources.
RSI works with the client to establish the needs and the appropriate product. This could include a needs-assessment to establish how risk-based analysis can support current activities to protect public safety, design and conduct of an analysis with recommendations of most impactful options, or development of a detailed emergency management plan and associated tool for specific situations.