Officials with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, which is based in the Northland area, are asking the public to comment on a new report estimating which hazards, from tornadoes to terrorism, likely pose the greatest risk to the county's residents and workers.

Officials with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, which is based in the Northland area, are asking the public to comment on a new report estimating which hazards, from tornadoes to terrorism, likely pose the greatest risk to the county's residents and workers.

The agency recently completed drafting the "Risk Assessment for Franklin County 2010," the first comprehensive update since 1996 of the county's official risk assessment.

Members of the public are being encouraged to read the report online at www.franklincountyohio. gov/emahs and send their comments via e-mail to the agency at fcem&hs@franklincountyohio.gov.

"An up-to-date risk assessment is critically important for the county," agency director Michael R. Pannell said in a statement. "It provides a basic foundation for local emergency planning."

The agency worked on the project for several months in 2009 and 2010, outlining and ranking 16 natural and manmade hazards that Franklin County may face, according to the announcement. Working with subject matter experts, the agency ranked the hazards according to their relative risks, or which were more likely to occur or cause more casualties and damage than others.

According to the report, the 16 hazards, starting with the ones that have the greatest likelihood and highest potential for consequences in Franklin County, are:

Flooding

Severe winter weather

Dam failure

Terrorism

Infectious diseases

Tornadoes

Severe summer weather

Extreme heat

Hazardous materials incident

Drought

Utility interruptions or failures

Invasive species

Air and water pollution or contamination

Airplane crash

Civil disturbance

Earthquakes

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery to minimize the adverse impact on area residents and property.