November is Resilience Month!

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November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience month! Around the country, federal, state, local, territorial and tribal entities are helping spread the importance of resilience—including the collective benefits of engagement between public and private sector stakeholders.

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Former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen has described resilience as “the immune system of our nation.” 

In that respect then, November is America’s annual resilience checkup.

 

2014 CISR TOOLKIT 

DHS has recently released the Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month Toolkit – 2014, which provides tips and information on how citizens can become force multipliers for this critical issue. The toolkit contains ideas on how to engage public and private partners, frequently asked questions, and social media resources. Specifically, the agency recommends a few easy suggestions to get started:

  • Share stories and information about your efforts to support infrastructure security and resilience with your customers, constituents, partners, residents, and employees through newsletters, websites, emails, blog posts, and tweets.
  • Reinforce the role your organization/office plays in infrastructure security and resilience by incorporating references to Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month in speaking engagements and events.
  • Follow @DHSgov on Twitter, and post infrastructure security and resilience efforts, tips, news, and resources on social media using the hashtag #infrastructure.

 

INVOLVEMENT THROUGH SAME & TISP

SAME and TISP are well involved in the national infrastructure resilience push. TISP recently completed its work with its federal partners to develop a strategic level for resilience. TISP is now focused on operationalizing resilience at the local levels. To ensure TISP and SAME will be successful the SAME Executive Council chartered a Task Force co-chaired by James F. DeGour III, North Atlantic Regional Vice President, and C. Ernest Edgar IV, Chair of the TISP Board of Directors, to fully integrate TISP with SAME and to work closely with SAME Posts in implementing resilience. More details to come on how this will provide even greater value to Society members and stakeholders.

A number of SAME Posts are also actively involved in promoting resilience awareness, including establishing regional coalitions like the Portland Post has done, and hosting joint workshops such as the one hosted recently by the New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey Posts at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., which attracted more than 100 attendees.

SAME Posts in support of the SAME Strategic Plan are encouraged to “support emergency preparedness, response, recovery and infrastructure resilience, consistent with the National Preparedness System and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.”

TISP and SAME are looking for Posts to host a Regional Resilience Workshop during 2015. The overall goal of the workshop series (the planning is being led by Joe Manous and the Knowledge Transfer Subcommittee) is to highlight the intersection of federal and regional resilience programs and the need to condition healthier infrastructure that serves national security and emergency management functions. Specific action items include:

  • Raise awareness of key issues and decision points that regional stakeholders need to take into account when determining infrastructure resilience-based mitigation actions.
  • Identify criteria and model mechanisms for public-private collaborative decision-making on priorities, investment needs, and funding arrangements.
  • Discuss other available tools and unavailable capabilities to assist in development and implementation of regional collaborative infrastructure resilience mitigation strategies.

 

Attendees will learn about the National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Joint Priorities. Discussion will include approaches to determine collective actions through a joint planning effort and how to leverage incentives to advance security and resilience needs and programs. Presenters representing government agencies, companies and non-profits from the host region will share successful initiatives that enact the 12 “Call to Action” items. Participants also will discuss essential values of structural and operational resilience in lifeline systems and components to enable core functions and services during disaster preparation, response and recovery.

TISP’s Regional and Infrastructure Resilience Committee will draft a final report to highlight discussion topics, site resources and best practices, as well as a set of recommended actions for public sector and private sector stakeholders. The report information will be shared with TISP collaborators, including its federal and non-profit partners. The report will guide the advancement of NIPP and future federal, state and local infrastructure security and resilience programs. To get involved, contact Jackie Barrett at jbarrett@tisp.org.

For more on TISP, visit www.tisp.org.