Resilience

Gas Refinery Attack in Algeria: The Lessons Learned

by Joseph Trindal -

When the In Amenas Gas Refinery was attacked at the beginning of 2013, the swift actions of workers prevented the terrorists from fully implementing their plans, which would have created a greater tragedy and an even greater loss of lives. A lot can be learned by reviewing the events that unfolded in Algeria and making changes that may save even more lives in the future.

Gas Refinery Attack in Algeria: The Lessons Learned (Mobile)

by Joseph Trindal -

When the In Amenas Gas Refinery was attacked at the beginning of 2013, the swift actions of workers prevented the terrorists from fully implementing their plans, which would have created a greater tragedy and an even greater loss of lives. A lot can be learned by reviewing the events that unfolded in Algeria and making changes that may save even more lives in the future.

Implementing PPD-8: New Opportunities, Greater Challenges

by Amanda Faul -

Improving national resilience is a process that requires developing and promulgating new policies, defining missions and capabilities, and implementing change through training and education. As the two-year anniversary of Presidential Policy Directive 8 approaches, policy makers and responders are learning much more about the planning opportunities, and new challenges, they are likely to encounter in the years to come.

Protecting Chemical Facilities Against Terrorist Attack

by Patrick Coyle -

The U.S. government's chemical security program helps to identify high-risk targets for terrorist attacks based on the type of chemical being manufactured or delivered and the physical location of the facility where it is stored.

The Local Imperative for Building and Sustaining National Resilience

by Marko Bourne -

Joplin High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School both suffered devastating disasters - one natural and one manmade. In both cases, the residents rallied behind their schools and their communities to rebuild and recover. Lesson learned: From unexpected events, unexpected leaders often emerge who are both willing and able to lead their communities back to some form of "normal."

National Special Security Events: Transportation Checklists

by Laurel J. Radow -

Transportation to and from any special event can be a challenge, but there are additional requirements that must be met for events of national significance with the highest level of security. In the United States, the Federal Highway Administration provides checklists, publications, and even peer-to-peer support for professionals tasked with planning such events.

Building a Bigger Better Buffer Zone Protection Plan

by Richard Morman -

Criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect, and recognizability - all are essential elements that help identify risks and determine a course of action to protect potential targets of terrorist activity. By identifying risks and creating a "buffer zone" to protect valuable infrastructure, special events such as football games at The Ohio State University can continue to be as safe as possible.

Air, Sea, Land: No Detail Left Unplanned

by Scott L. Brillman -

As tall ships sailed into port, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flew overhead, and visitors filled the streets, the 2012 Sailabration in Baltimore, Maryland, became not only an official celebration but also a unique special event that required the collaboration, cooperation, and combined talents of hundreds of local volunteers and scores of senior officials.

Resilience Principles: The Search for Optimum Combinations

by Scott Jackson -

Decision makers cannot use a one-size-fits-all solution to build their resilience plans. Before choosing a single solution, light must be shed on some of the more complex aspects of resilience analysis as well as several issues relevant to the implementation of resilience principles - and various combinations thereof.

The Future of Data Clouds

by Marko Bourne -

In the current economy, there is a continuing need to find cost-effective solutions for responding to and dealing with future threats. Cloud computing provides an innovative and effective way to meet the information needs of decision makers by storing and analyzing vast amounts of real-time data when coping with major disasters and other emergencies.