Magazine article Risk Management

Preparing for the Inevitable

Magazine article Risk Management

Preparing for the Inevitable

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On the surface, risk management can seem depressing. After all, risk managers often deal in the negative, whether they are responding to something as wide-ranging as a hurricane loss or data breach, or as relatively minor as a simple workplace injury. But it is not a gloomy profession-risk management is actually optimistic. It looks at these bad things and tries to find ways to make them better. No matter the challenge, risk managers know that there is almost always a way to improve the outcome for all involved.

But some events can strain that sense of optimism, either because the impact is so great or a feeling of inevitability defies any efforts at prevention. On a large scale, terrorism fits this description. On a smaller scale, we have mass shootings. The October massacre that left nine people dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, is only the latest such incident. According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, an ongoing compilation of all reported incidents nationwide in which four or more people were shot, as of Oct. …

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