1. Describe assets in the public location environment. 2. Describe the threats to assets in the public location environment (natural, man-made or accidental)
Part I: Complete the Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Assets on a public location with which you are familiar. The word count for all of Part I should be 400 words.
1. Describe assets in the public location environment.
2. Describe the threats to assets in the public location environment (natural, man-made or accidental)
3. Rank your assets based on value. List only your top five assets.
4. What types of (threatening) activities could occur, based on each of the five assets? Cite sources of examples of similar assets being threatened in similar settings.
5. Identify current protection measures in place for assets.
Part II: Create a threat assessment report that summarizes your findings. The word count for all of Part II should be 975 words. Include the following:
1. Write an historical background on the public space you assessed.
2. Explain which assets would require the most protection.
3. Explain weak and strong protection measures, and detail improvements that need to be made to eliminate the weak measures.
4. Provide an assessment of the recommended protection measures and why they are the best approach to strengthen the security of the environment.
Our definition is broad. A community asset (or community resource, a very similar term) is anything that can be used to improve the quality of community life. And this means:
One student of communities, John McKnight, has noted:
“Every single person has capacities, abilities and gifts. Living a good life depends on whether those capacities can be used, abilities expressed and gifts given.”
Community members of all stripes and from all sectors should be involved in identifying assets. One reason here is the commitment to participatory process that you’ll find in most Community Tool Box sections. An even more important one, however, is that community members from a broad range of groups and populations are far more likely to identify assets that may not be apparent to everyone. The community’s perception of what constitutes an asset or a resource is at least as legitimate as the “standard” list of institutions and people with specific skills.
A number of garbage-strewn, overgrown empty lots in a neighborhood can be seen as an eyesore and a neighborhood shame. But those lots can also be seen as open space that can be turned into playgrounds, pocket parks, and farmers’ markets with volunteer labor that in itself provides a neighborhood community-building opportunity. Community perception is crucial, because seeing something as an asset can make it possible to use it as one.