Buildings and Infrastructure Protection Series: Integrated Rapid Visual Screening of Mass Transit Stations [open pdf - 18MB]
"DHS [Department of Homeland Security] has sponsored the development of a methodology for assessing the risk and resilience of mass transit stations to terrorist attacks and selected natural hazards. The methodology, referred to as the integrated rapid visual screening (IRVS) for mass transit stations, was developed by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division, in partnership with public and private-sector stakeholders involved in the design, operation, and management of critical infrastructure. The result of an IRVS of mass transit stations is a quantifiable assessment of the risk of a given mass transit station to a terrorist attack or natural disaster that leads to catastrophic losses (fatalities, injuries, damage, or business interruption) and a quantifiable assessment of the resiliency of the station (ability to recovery from such an event). […] The primary purpose of the IRVS of mass transit stations is to rank the risk in a group of mass transit stations in a community. The results of an IRVS can also be used in infrastructure-specific risk assessments and higher level assessments of threats, consequences, and vulnerabilities. This document is the manual for conducting an IRVS of mass transit stations, including subway stations, and as such, provides guidance in rating a mass transit station's potential risk of and resiliency to terrorist attacks and selected natural disasters (fire and flooding)."
Buildings and Infrastructure Protection Series, BIPS 02/March 2011
United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/