A viable risk assessment is something your local emergency management agency may have already completed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency required risk assessments to be conducted at state and local levels as part of their hazard mitigation planning process. Our advice for conducting a risk assessment is to contact your local emergency manager and ask for information to help you better identify which areas your P♦E♦A♦C♦E Challenge group should focus their efforts on in helping schools in their area develop emergency management programs that conform to realistic hazards they may face.
This meeting will also provide a wonderful opportunity for members of your P♦E♦A♦C♦E Challenge group to get to know your local emergency manager if they haven't already done so.
To help get you started in your efforts, though, here is a link to a "needs assessment" survey on the Colorado School Safety Resource Center website:
HAZARD VULNERABILITY AND RISK ASSESSMENT:
FEMA also provides valuable resources for this effort. Here's a link to one such document:
FEMA has a huge repository of valuable and easy to use guides, documents, and checklists. In addition to the link above, here's one to their site index on Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools:
SCHOOL SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENT:
Another valuable resource in getting going on a School Safety Risk Assessment is provided here:
IS IGNORANCE REALLY BLISS?
Please remember, though, you can always believe ignorance is bliss, but that bliss has a tendency to come back around and bite those who choose to ignore it pretty hard.