Pacific Disaster Center Fostering Disaster Resilient Communities  

Risk & Vulnerability Assessment


On behalf of the [Marikina City] city government, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the assistance provided by your Center to our city on the development of multi-hazard information, including mapping, that is well produced into an Internet Map Viewer...we are now envied by other cities who learned about it.

Training Director, Marikina-PDC Project Coordinator, The Philippines

Identifying Exposure and Assessing Potential Impacts

Hazard events of similar size, strength, and duration can result in very different outcomes, depending on the social, economic, political, built and natural environmental conditions in the affected area. For example, impacts of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti were much more severe than those of the earthquake that occurred in Chile just one month later, even though the latter was much more powerful.

Whether local, national, or regional in scope, PDC’s risk and vulnerability assessments help decision makers identify areas where negative impacts are likely to be greatest, set realistic risk reduction goals, and allocate resources effectively—enabling decisive action before, during, and after a disaster to save lives, reduce losses, and support recovery.  


PDC in Action

Urban Risk Assessment: Marikina City, Philippines
PDC produced a series of guidelines to support Marikina City's risk reduction and mitigation planning processes. By working with the city's Mayor and numerous stakeholders, we helped to identify and map areas most susceptible to flood and earthquake hazards, including those designated as priority development areas. The results of the assessments were visualized and communicated via an Internet-accessible map viewer, developed specifically to promote hazard awareness among the city's populace.