A risk assessment is a prevention activity designed to evaluate the safety of an establishment or special event where alcohol is sold. Trained assessors visit the establishment or special event (a fair or festival, for example) for a two- to three-hour period. While there they observe the general atmosphere, alcohol sales procedures, and behavior of customers, performers, and staff. After the conclusion of the assessment, the assessors compose a narrative of their experience and complete a policy options checklist (a summary of recommendations). These documents are presented to the owner or manager of the establishment or to the special event planner for consideration.
Wichita Mountains Prevention Network staff members conduct assessments and train community members to conduct assessments. For more information about risk assessments, visit the website of the inventor: projectsafer.org in Ventura County, California.
If you would like to serve as a volunteer assessor, contact your local Regional Prevention Coordinator at .