SAME Posts Attend 2014 CIS

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SAME and TISP hosted more than 200 attendees at the 5th annual Critical Infrastructure Symposium, April 7-8, at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

DSC_0143A total of 14 SAME Post representatives were in attendance as a result of their Posts winning the Emergency Preparedness & Infrastructure Resilience Streamer with Distinction. And, according to Greg Janiec, of Sovereign Consulting and the SAME New York Post, “the conference went incredibly well and was a huge success.”

In fact, the Symposium’s growth has been very strong—increasing from 65 attendees at the inaugural CIS, which was held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2010. The growth is even more impressive when considering this is the first time the Symposium has been held west of the Mississippi River. Last year it was held at West Point and in 2012, in Northern Virginia, co-hosted with George Mason University.

The CIS is an opportunity to highlight essential functions of resilient infrastructure systems and their importance to our society’s safety, security, quality of life, prosperity and progress. In transitioning the focus of the event this year from strategic resilience to operational resilience, the Symposium was themed “Disasters are Personal. Resilience is Regional. Partnerships are Strategic.” This theme targets the notion that companies and agencies at state, regional and local levels can collaborate to operationalize resilience programs and policy. Said Clay Kelly of Strand Associates and SAME’s Kentuckiana Post, who was attending his third CIS, “I’m encouraged the agenda has migrated to a somewhat balanced flavor of both academic and application.”

DSC_0046As a division of SAME, TISP’s primary focus is improving the security and resilience of the built and virtual environments. SAME Posts have the opportunity each year to win the Emergency Preparedness & Infrastructure Resilience Streamer. With their connections and proximity to local, state and regional agencies, SAME Posts are well-positioned to contribute to the dialogue and partnerships surrounding increasing our nation’s infrastructure resilience.

A highlight of this year’s Symposium was a technical tour of Waldo Canyon, where devastating wildfires struck in 2012. Click here for photos. To read more about the 2014 CIS, including a recap of Keynote Speakers, award winners and technical sessions, click here.

For more information on the CIS, visit www.tisp.org.

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