THIRA/SPR Tools 2019

THIRA/SPR Tools 2019

Overview. As a recipient of funds from Federal Preparedness Grant Programs, Montana is required to complete a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) every three years and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) every year.  This process is designed to show gaps in capabilities and helps jurisdictions set priorities and strategies in reducing those gaps.  In developing the statewide THIRA-SPR, MT DES is reliant upon data and input from partners and local jurisdictions to form an accurate assessment.

THIRA.  The THIRA is a three-step risk assessment that should be completed every 3 years.  The THIRA should help answer the following questions:

  • What threats and hazards can affect our community?
  • If they occurred, what impacts would those threats and hazards have on our community?
  • Based on those impacts, what capabilities should our community have?

The outputs from this process lay the foundation for determining capability gaps during the SPR process.  In this Collection Tool, the THIRA portions are in gray and blue boxes.

SPR.  The SPR is also a three-step process, but it should be completed annually.  It helps answer the questions:

  • What are our current capability levels and how have our capabilities changed over the last year?
  • What gaps exist between the capabilities we want to achieve and the capabilities we currently have?
  • How have grants contributed to capabilities? (completed at the state level)

Completion Timeline.  The table below outlines the overall timeline for completion of the THIRA and SPR over the next 3 years.  Participation and submission of the THIRA-SPR is a current requirement for EMPG grant recipients and sub-recipients. Only one submission per jurisdiction is needed.

Phase I includes development of threat/hazard scenarios and impacts, setting core capability priorities, and completing questions for 4 core capabilities:  Planning, Public Information & Warning, Operational Coordination, and Operational Communication.

Phase II covers the additional core capabilities, split out across the state.  Each jurisdiction will be asked to complete 3-4 core capabilities based on how they were prioritized in 2018.  Jurisdictions will not need to complete all 32 capabilities, but may chose to.



THIRA-SPR Phase I released

July 19, 2019

THIRA-SPR Phase II released

Aug. 26, 2019

THIRA-SPR Phase I due to mtdesplans@mt.gov

Sept. 6, 2019

THIRA-SPR Phase II due to mtdesplans@mt.gov

Oct. 21, 2019


Dec. 31, 2019

SPR updated


SPR updated


THIRA and SPR updated


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  • 26 July 2019
  • Author: Ross, Betsy
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