National Infrastructure Advisory Council: Framework for Dealing with Disasters and Related Interdependencies: Final Report and Recommendations   [open pdf - 255KB]

"Through the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) provides the President with advice on the security of the 18 Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CIKR) sectors and their information systems. At the January 8, 2008 NIAC Business meeting, the NIAC elected to study A Framework for Dealing with Disasters and Related Interdependencies. This Study was designed to explore the United States' ability to respond to and recover from a major disaster that results in a prolonged loss of infrastructure services expanding beyond a local area.[…].The NIAC collected available information and explored potential avenues to improving CIKR recovery following a disaster event. As a result of this process, the NIAC identified four broad areas of policy change to improve critical infrastructure recovery from major disaster-type events or outages. The NIAC developed findings in four areas: 1) statutory, regulatory and policy impediments in disaster recovery; 2) opportunities for strengthening key Federal Statutory authorities; 3) strategies for improving collaboration and communication; and finally, 4) the importance of organizational relationships in successful implementation of the resulting […]. The NIAC identified specific statutory, regulatory and policy constraints to CIKR disaster recovery that arise from all levels of government, whether it is Federal, State or local. The report outlines some of the specific constraints found by the NIAC, but did not pursue developing a comprehensive list."

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