Tagged: infrastructure

It’s Here! The 2016 National Preparedness Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have released the 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report “evaluates and measures gains individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of governments have made in preparedness and identifies where challenges remain.” Specifically,...

Disaster Recovery and the Private Sector: New Roles and New Challenges

“From 2000 to 2014, the number of U.S. disaster declarations has increased dramatically – 65 major declarations per year on average and a total of 1,907 declarations overall. And during the peak of such increases in 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued the largest number to date (90...

ICIT Chastises OPM’s Lack of Modern Cybersecurity in an Official Analysis

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) describes itself as a “nonprofit (status pending), non-partisan group of the world’s most innovative experts and companies that provide technologies and solutions to support and protect our nation’s critical infrastructures.” ICIT serves as a go-between for the private sector, federal agencies, and the...

The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate

The subject of climate change and its implications are continuously disputed. The global warming repercussions are downplayed or exaggerated depending on one’s perspective and news source. As the country moves towards a new election, the prioritization of this issue will be hotly debated. Candidates will provide their various perspectives and...

Hagel Addresses Shortcomings in U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Mission

“As long as we have nuclear weapons, we will and we must ensure that they are safe, secure and effective.” -Defense Secretary Hagel As a result of the July 2014 “Independent Review of the Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise” report, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced this week that a 10...

A Consolidated DHS Will Improve Functionality and Generate Savings

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs released a recent report evaluating the fiscal sense in completing the St. Elizabeths Project. Please read the full report here: “Security and Savings: The Importance of Consolidating the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters at St. Elizabeths.”  The St. Elizabeths Project is...

New Study Shows Hospitals Were Unprepared For Superstorm Sandy

Nearly two years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast claiming 72 lives and nearly $50 billion in estimated damage. Within the 40 counties declared disaster areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, hospitals were found to be ill-prepared. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office...

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program: What You Need to Know

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations [H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014], which regulate security at high-risk facilities possessing more than baseline amounts of one or more ‘chemicals of interest’. ‘Chemicals of interest’ are...

National Preparedness: Where Do We Stand? FEMA Releases Annual Report

This month, FEMA released the third annual iteration of its “National Preparedness Report.” From the FEMA site and Executive Summary: “Required annually by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report summarizes progress in building, sustaining, and delivering the 31 core capabilities described in the National Preparedness Goal...