Resilience

Updating the National Infrastructure Protection Plan

by William Anderson -

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been gathering information from leaders across the nation to help update its National Infrastructure Protection Plan. One organization that has been playing an active role in the update process is The Infrastructure Security Partnership, which has facilitated working groups and discussions to help further resilience and protect the nation's critical infrastructure.

Risk Assessment & Management: The Overlooked Component

by Jennifer Ryan -

Emergency managers assess risks that are likely to exist within their communities. Planned special events, however, may introduce additional risks that can easily be overlooked during those assessments. The National Capital Region and the state of Maryland are addressing this concern to help prevent the overwhelming of existing resources.

Saving Lives & Protecting Property: A Flood of Helpful Information

by Terri Turner & George Deussen -

The old cliché "I told you so" may apply when examining the effects of ongoing flood events. Statistics are available and warnings have been made, but not enough preventive measures are yet in place to save lives and protect property values in many U.S. communities.

A Network of Interoperability

by Charles Werner -

The Charlottesville Fire Department has been able to turn a difficult and labor-intensive task into a relatively simple daily routine. Having the right tools to communicate with other organizations, and to receive timely and accurate information, makes incident command operations easier to manage.

Insider Threats: A Call for Greater Vigilance

by Joseph Trindal -

When the defense for acts of insider espionage is personal conscience, at least some people show sympathy for the accused. The publicity given to such lone-actor miscreants - coupled with the growing development of and dependence on cyber capabilities - is reason enough for considerable concern in both the public and private sectors of government.

Special Decontamination Considerations: Bridging the Gap

by Ryan Hay -

Following exposure to radiological or other hazardous materials, decontamination efforts often focus on the people directly involved, but other concerns also must be considered - the use of weapons and/or possible harm to animals, for example. Pennsylvania's Lehigh County has developed a best practices approach to ensuring that response teams are prepared to cope with non-routine decontamination situations.

Nuclear Meltdown - The Need for Timely & Honest Information

by Janette D. Sherman & Joseph J. Mangano -

Similarities can be drawn between two nuclear disasters that occurred 27 years apart, in different countries. Dealing with a nuclear disaster in the United States or elsewhere still requires having accurate information - which must be delivered in time to help emergency responders deal with potentially major consequences. As long as nuclear plants exist, so does the potential threat of a meltdown.

Passenger Air Travel - When the Bullets Run Out

by Clay W. Biles -

In a passenger aircraft, there is nowhere to run when something suddenly goes wrong. Which is the primary reason that U.S. air marshals are now flying, strategically seated, on many domestic and international flights to thwart a possible terrorist threat against the aircraft and its passengers. The air marshals are armed - but their principal weapons are excellent training and continued situational awareness.

Holistic Security - Various Ways to Reduce Vulnerability

by Armond Caglar -

Even multiple isolated incidents may not be enough to raise a red flag that intellectual property theft is being planned. By ensuring that each incident is reported through the proper channels and analyzed along with other reported incidents, agencies and corporations may be able to thwart potential cyber crimes before vital information is jeopardized.

Incident Gridlock - Overwhelming a City

by Glen Rudner -

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration concluded in 2007 that there is a weakness in the infrastructure's ability to handle the movement of people following a natural or manmade disaster. The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings serve as a prime example of how transportation facilities and government agencies manage complex incidents that have wide-reaching effects.