National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC): Meeting Agenda, October 11, 2005   [open pdf - 440KB]

The following are the Meeting notes for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) on Tuesday, October 11, 2005. "Secretary Chertoff thanked the Chairman and Vice Chairman for their praise. The Secretary said the spate of recent natural catastrophes, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the earthquake in Pakistan, and the devastating Central American floods are all sober reminders of the challenges faced by the U.S.. Clearly, some of these challenges are natural, but it is important to remember many are man-made. He stated the Council's work is crucial in making America safer. Specifically, the Sector Partnership Model and Intelligence Coordination Working Group are both topics that have become increasingly important in light of last quarter's events. Intelligence sharing is a vital subject and is being discussed by the Council for reasons such as the July 7, 2005 London subway bombings and the recent mass transit scare in New York City. In situations like the London bombings, it is imperative that information flows accurately and freely between everyone with a role. At the same time, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita indicated how deeply bound the national response capability is to the private sector. This illuminates the importance of the Sector Partnership Model. One important facet of Infrastructure Protection is resilience. Part of what protects infrastructure is the ability to work around damage and to bounce back after it has been inflicted. It is obvious that studying this issue and developing fluid and robust relationships are critical to handle a wide range of threats. The ability to restore electricity to the gulf coast has been pivotal in enabling evacuees to return to their homes. The return of power to the region has a cascading effect across the country; the sooner the Gulf Coast regains electricity, the faster people can get back to their homes. When the displaced are able to return, this alleviates the concern for temporary shelter and relocation to other parts of the country."

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National Infrastructure Advisory Council Meeting. Washington, DC. October 11, 2005
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