North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) conducted its fourth biennial grid security and emergency response exercise, GridEx IV, on 15-16 November 2017. GridEx IV consisted of a two-day distributed play exercise and a separate executive tabletop. NERC used participant input to develop observations and propose recommendations to help the electricity industry enhance the security and reliability of North America’s bulk power system.
This report examines changes to the physical security of the electric power grid since the promulgation of North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) physical security standards. The report discusses the current risk environment for the bulk power system, summarizes the key requirements of NERC’s security standards, reviews observable changes in the utility sector related to physical security, and concludes with an overview of proposed legislation and a discussion of policy issues for Congress.
Rumors, misinformation and false information on social media proliferate before, during and after disasters and emergencies. Best practices for agencies to counter misinformation, rumors and false information are detailed and categorized in this white paper, and challenges and additional considerations are presented for review.
The FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan provides a framework for supporting the US before, during, and after disasters. From 2018 to 2022, FEMA will focus on three main Strategic Goals, driving progress through 12 supporting Strategic Objectives. FEMA will develop individual strategies to help guide and shape each Strategic Objective and direct resources and funding to support these important areas.
The Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Framework focuses on supporting state, local, and regional efforts to enable the successful transit and access of critical response and recovery resources before, during, and after emergencies.
This manual assists preparedness efforts and decision making by providing readily accessible information that quickly describes critical scientific and medical aspects of a nuclear incident as well as the response organization and resources anticipated to be required or available during a response.
This report contains recommended approaches to help fire service manage organizational, operational and community risk. Specific challenges involved in incorporating a “risk management approach” into the delivery of fire department services are addressed.
The International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association’s joint report details the return on investment realized by the Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) program, which is the only source of federal funding provided directly to state and local governments for all the functions that help to build a robust emergency management system.
According to a new report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the health sector in the United States would be far better positioned to manage medical care needs during emergencies of any scale by empowering existing healthcare coalitions to connect community resilience efforts with a network of hospitals equipped to handle disasters.
In his statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, director of national intelligence, offers his assessment of threats to U.S. national security. Some key threats discussed include cyberthreats, emerging and disruptive technologies, weapons of mass destruction, and regional threats.