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What are Natural Threats?

Natural threats are environmental and natural disturbances leading to a natural crisis.  In crisis management and crisis communication, the types of crises include both threats and crisis scenarios.  

In reality, threats are identified during the risk assessment as part of the business continuity planning process.

Rose Lam
Crisis Management Certified Planner-Specialist-Expert

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Natural threats are environmental and natural disturbances leading to a natural crisis. They are usually beyond the scope of human control. 

Natural Threats

What are Natural Threats?Natural threats are often geographical; their likelihood and commonality depend primarily on the country where your organization's operations are located.

Indonesia and Japan are at risk of earthquakes, Singapore has a good chance of getting haze from the Indonesian forest fires every year, Australia and California have wildfires, and China and Philippine organizations have to prepare for hurricanes, to name a few brief examples. 

Thus, all unlikely threats must be omitted during risk assessment, and only those stapled to the organization's country(s) of operations should be considered.

Some of the common threats listed under Natural Threats include but are not limited to:

  • Blizzard
  • Cyclone
  • Drought
  • Duststorm
  • Flood
  • Flash Flood
  • Fog/ Haze
  • Heat Wave
  • Hurricane
  • Lightning
  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Thunder
  • Tornado
  • Tropical storm
  • Typhoon
  • Weather front
  • Water Spout
  • Wind
  • Wind Storm
  • Fire Storm
  • Fire - Wild, Rural or Urban
  • Earthquake Tremors

Threat Awareness

There are two basic types of Natural threats: Those with pre-awareness, where organizations know they're coming, and those where they do not. With natural threats like Hurricanes, Blizzards, and Tropical Storms, organizations usually have some degree of pre-warning to prepare for the impending disaster.

Other natural threats, like Haze, come slowly and have a comparatively negligible impact compared to other natural disasters. On the other hand, you have natural disasters that have limited to no pre-awareness: earthquakes, Wildfires, and Dust storms that can catch organizations unawares.

Thus, organizations must prepare and update their business continuity and crisis management plans before natural threats occur.


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