"The problem was the Middletown Division of Fire (MDF) did not have a plan to conduct a hazard and vulnerability assessment of the city of Middletown, Ohio resulting in decreased preparedness and increased risk to first responders and the community. The purpose of this descriptive research was to develop such a plan, through literature review, surveys and interviews in order to answer the questions: why should there be a hazard and vulnerability assessment of Middletown, Ohio, what should it include, how should it be conducted and who should be involved? The results determined and recommendations are that MDF should lead a community coalition effort, conducting such an assessment with the Risk Hazard and Value Evaluation (RHAVE) method and current local processes. These systems should have the ability to move and integrate data elements illustrating the community's people, property and processes, in order to better save lives, protect property and manage risk."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/