Incident Management Plan Risk Assessments

While typically a function of the crisis response team (CRT), it can in some instances be useful for the incident response team (IRT) to indicate how a crisis event may impact the company from a grassroots perspective. This will feed immediate concerns and information from the source of the event, to supplement the data response materials forwarded during the initial stages of a crisis event. A basic IMP risk assessment of how the event may affect the company can prove useful to support risk mitigation at all levels at the early stages of a crisis. Such assessments may include:

Immediate Concerns

  • Is there an immediate risk to personnel?
  • Is there an immediate risk to the company's reputation?
  • What risks are presented to resources or facilities?
  • Is there a risk to third parties?
  • How long before any of these risks occur—how much time is there?


  • What is the cause or motive of the risk event?
  • Is it likely to get worse?
  • Are other (different) threats likely to occur?
  • What happened, where, and when?
  • What effects are to be expected in the best case, likely case, and worst case?

Complicating Factors

  • What legal implications are there?
  • What media interest has been shown?
  • What environmental factors will hamper the resolution of the problem?

The IMP risk assessment should not be confused with the responsibilities of the crisis response team and specialist responders, who should conduct more comprehensive risk assessments and evaluations during and following the crisis. The IMP risk assessment is a tool designed to provide a local perspective of the problems and impacts likely to occur that might fall outside of normal reporting formats within the IMP. While not a component of the IMP, the company should also link risk assessments to any recovery plans so that when the situation has sufficiently stabilized the company can begin to plan the resumption of normal operations.

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