Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)

Donald M. Lumpkins, Esq.
Executive Director, PPD-8 Program Executive Office
Branch Chief, National Planning Coordination and Assistance
National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA/DHS

May 9, 2012

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Related Web Resources:
Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide (CPG) 201
Use of THIRA for Preparedness Grants, April 2012
THIRA Guide Toolkit
Strategic National Risk Assessment
FEMA PPD-8 Website
FEMA PPD-8 IdeaScale Website

National Preparedness Report Fact Sheet
National Preparedness Report

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95 Ratings Submitted
16 (17%) Academia 8 (8%)
35 (37%) Business 9 (9%)
39 (41%) Government 69 (73%)
5 (5%) Volunteers 2 (2%)
0 (0%) Other 7 (7%)
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"I thought it was an interesting session and well worth my time. The meeting began and ended on time. The material was comprehensive and informative."
Ken Mickelson

"Thank you for hosting this topic. It is very relevant to Emergency Management professionals to get connected to new processes and expectations."

"Great concept for managing your program, but in today's economic times, could be costly in respect to resources being available to assist. How does this interface with the Critical Infrastructure and ranking of them within our region, if we identify high risk assets?"
Julia Janka
Metro Atlanta UASI

"This process provided a good way to maximize participation. The information was presented well and could be followed with ease."

"The functional reality of the THIRA is still up in the air. The process will require an estimated 300K data review points for each event selected to report out on as based on impacts, mission capacity, and gap analysis."

"Guidance was vague - It would be helpful to have follow up on which documents to look at for national capability expectations. It also would be helpful to have a session on estimating $ loss - relevant to per capita, density and demographics. It is important in the emergency management industry to get buy in on estimations - so to have a national standard or for that matter a state defined standard - it makes it alot easier for relevancy and credibility. Also I think that more guidance is needed on application of events outside of the region on reporting region."
Patty Rueter
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

"Good presentation! Would like to know how the THIRA will impact local jurisdictions specifically in applying for and receiving FEMA and DHS grants. From this presentation, I gathered that at this time, this is only a state requirement."
Jeffrey A. Dean
City of San Antonio

"Most was contained in the CPG201 guide, but some of Doc's anecdotal information was good."

"Thank you for this overview."
Cindy Hood
Capital Area Council of Governments, Texas

"The information provided was extremely useful but unfortunately the audio was spotty so I missed a good bit of the forum. Not sure if it was on my end or a tech problem with the system used but wanted to make sure you are aware of the issue. I will go back and listen to the recording for what I missed."

"Info was very helpful. We were very confused at our region meeting and you made it simple. We may contact you at a later date for questions. Thanks."
Jan Prescott
Randolph County EMA

"Thank you for this informative webinar. Doc, outstanding presentation of THIRA."
Lee Newsome
EREC, Inc.

"Folow up webinar with overview of available tools and how to use those."
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

"Good presentation, but we still have questions regarding the logic of the 'Worst, Most Probable' vs. 'Most Likely, Most Probable' that would overwhelm your jurisdiction's ability to respond effectively."
William H. Lixey

"Well done."

"I found this very helpful. Doc, Enjoy your year at the Army War College."
Kevin Clement
Abrams Learning and Information Systems, Inc.

"Good overview. Thank you."
Bill Wolak
Seattle Police Department

"Very good information."

"Great intro! Thanks."
LW Abel [K7LWA]
The ABEL Group

"Got the announcement through the 4 Corners Emer Mgmt Assoc. Thanks."
Don Wilkinson
Oklahoma Department of Health

"More time for questions/discussion, rather than reviewing the documents. Recommend making slides and recordings available for state leaders who were unavailable to attend, ASAP."

"Well done; very informative."
Byron Callies
Mayo Clinic

"Great information and fantastic delivery. Thank you."
Dee Harrison
Williamson County OEM (TX)

"Found this to be a good use of my time. Thank you for presenting."
Thomas Delaney
Nassau County, NY

"Thanks for putting this on. We can't count on any guidance to be pushed down from the State of Illinois."

"Well presented."
Delaware Emergency Managment Agency

"Great presentation. Glad to see more orientation on processes by and for the government!"
Susan Sanderson

"Good overview of THIRA toolkit by a subject matter expert."
Broward County Emergency Management

"Excellent presentation."

"Very helpful, still not sure if a THRIA is required or optional (if one does not have grants)."
Kimberly Nagel

"Well done and very well presented."
Jon Burbank
ME Fusion Center, CIP Coordinator

"Thank you."
Kris Whitty

"I would like to see implementation tools made available for this to help the process."
Tim Riecker

"Great overview on the THIRA. Thanks for posting the slides."
Jim Zabrocki
Custer County DES

"I think you guys are doing a great job. It is always hard to sit and listen, but given the technology today, this is the best."

"This class was very informative and I learned things that some may not or never really think about. Very very informative."

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Beginning June 2011, Doc Lumpkins has been responsible for establishing the Program Executive Office charged with coordinating the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8 on National Preparedness, and currently serves as its Executive Director.

He also serves as Branch Chief for National Planning Coordination and Assistance, National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), FEMA. In this position he oversees the development of national planning doctrine, catastrophic preparedness planning initiatives and tailored technical assistance programs to support prevention, protection, response, and recovery missions. Mr. Lumpkins responsibilities include supporting state, local, tribal, and territory planning activities, establishing catastrophic priorities and programs, and managing and developing technical assistance programs to support a variety of preparedness initiatives. Mr. Lumpkins is the lead author/editor for Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, which provides planning guidance for the development and maintenance of emergency operations plans.

Prior to joining the Federal government, Mr. Lumpkins served as Assistant Director for Domestic Preparedness at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency where he led the development and implementation of the State's consequence management policy for weapons of mass destruction and cyber-terrorism incidents. Mr. Lumpkins served as a liaison with law enforcement during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has provided operational and ESF #5 leadership during a number of natural disasters and HAZMAT events, as well as the 2001 Anthrax attacks. As Assistant Director, Mr. Lumpkins also worked closely with the Maryland General Assembly to address homeland security and emergency management priorities, as well as supported and participated in media interviews and public outreach during major events and disasters.

Mr. Lumpkins earned his Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

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