EXTRA, EXTRA/Placing a value on community assets
The Portsmouth, N.H.-based Center for Infrastructure Expertise has introduced CARVER2, a software program that helps determine which community assets would have the largest effect on the public if they were destroyed by a terrorist attack. By ranking each asset, such as a bridge or municipal water system, city and county officials can determine where to focus their security efforts. The software guides officials to consider each asset’s critical nature, accessibility, redundancy, vulnerability and notoriety. Based on those criteria, the program generates one score to identify the total value of the asset and a second to rate how its destruction would affect other assets. The program is available on CD for free to any government or non-profit organization by sending an e-mail to [email protected].