Basis for concrete work at the cantonal level
Responsibility for coping with catastrophes and emergencies lies mainly with the cantons. The federal administration regulates basic aspects of civil protection and provides the necessary coordination. According to Article 8 of the “Federal Law on Civil Protection and Protection and Support” (BZG), the federal administration is responsible, in cooperation with the cantons, for research and development in the area of civil protection, in particular in the areas of hazard analysis and coping with catastrophes and emergencies.
KATAPLAN is designed to facilitate practical intercantonal planning for prevention of and coping with catastrophes and emergencies. This requires an integrated procedure for identifying hazards and the resulting risks. The core basis of KATAPLAN is the model of integrated risk management.
Integrated risk management
The Federal Office for Civil Protection FOCP has created the KATAPLAN guideline as an aid for work in this field at the cantonal level. The already available section on “Foundations for elaboration of a hazard analysis” describes the methodology, illustrated with examples. Implementation of the insights gained from hazard analysis is to be described in the section on “Foundations for planning of preparedness measures”, which is currently being compiled.
The KATAPLAN guideline is targeted at cantonal decision-makers in civil protection who deal with analysis of hazards and preparedness for coping with catastrophes and emergencies.