LLIS Lesson Learned: Infrastructure Systems: Developing a Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Plan [open pdf - 311KB]
"Identifying CIKR [Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources] is intended to support collaborative planning efforts and provide necessary information for steady-state risk management and to support incident management during response/recovery efforts. Critical infrastructure is defined as the physical or virtual assets, systems, networks, and functions so vital that their disruption would have a debilitating impact on security, the economy, public health and safety, or any combination of those matters. Key resources are publicly or privately controlled resources essential to operation of the economy and the government. Previous disasters have proven that not having a structured CIKR plan can have a negative impact on response and recovery time. The creation of a CIKR plan ensures local emergency management has an understanding of the critical infrastructure and key resources, in order to make multi-disciplinary, multi-resource, and multi-tiered informed decisions regarding preparedness, incident response and recovery."