WaterISAC's UKWIR Water Contaminant Databases

Friday, January 4, 2013

On January 9, 2013, WaterISAC and UK Water Industry Research will host a webcast on the content and unique features of the UKWIR Toxicity and Microbiology Databases, which are available to all WaterISAC Pro members on the secure portal.

This free webcast is open to anyone in the water sector, but only WaterISAC Pro members have access to the UKWIR Toxicity and Microbiology Databases, located on the WaterISAC portal. Free 3-month trial memberships are available at

Along with some case studies, the webcast will demonstrate the value of the databases in the everyday work of the water sector and during contamination events.

The databases have information on over 650 chemicals and 80 microorganisms and represent a unique source of information especially tailored to the needs of the water industry.

The webcast will be held at 1 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

The speakers for the webcast are Dr. David Holt, a researcher with over 20 years of experience specializing in drinking water quality in distribution systems, and Dr. Paul Rumsby, a technical manager of the National Centre for Environmental Toxicology with over 25 years' experience in toxicology with expertise in the mechanisms of toxicity. 

NOW AVAILABLE: Building Codes Toolkit for Property Owners

Monday, February 11, 2013

The FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch is pleased to announce the newly developed Building Codes Toolkit - a central online page that will help our customers understand building codes, its value to occupant safety and community resilience, and the available tools and resources for a variety of audiences.

Through close coordination and partnership with local, regional, and national contributors and subject matter experts and by utilizing existing multi-hazard standards and best practices, we were able to produce and organize a series of informational materials and tools for property owners and the general public.

For many years, FEMA and ICC have also maintained and produced a huge portfolio of materials related to disaster resistant building codes, construction guidance and standards, technical training, and other informational resources for engineers, architects, code officials, and design professionals:


New Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Policies

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Message on Behalf of the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection

To the Critical Infrastructure Community:

As you are all aware, the White House Administration has been working to develop an Executive Order (EO) for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR).  Coinciding with the State of the Union, President Obama signed those policy documents.  Together, these two documents are a big step forward in strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure to all hazards facing the Nation.

By issuing the EO and PPD together, the Administration is taking an integrated approach that strengthens the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against all hazards, through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets and calls for enhanced information sharing and public-private partnerships. 

Over the next several months, the critical infrastructure community will be working in an integrated fashion to meet the requirements laid out in these new policies.  This is a terrific opportunity to build upon eight years of work on NIPP partnerships, and we look forward to doing so in a collaborative manner between Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments along with the private and non-profit sectors.  DHS will be the lead for an Integrated Task Force responsible for fulfilling many of the requirements.


All Hazards Consortium Releases New Report from the Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Workshop

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The All Hazards Consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new report produced from the recent Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Workshop held on January 30, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.



The Multi-State Fleet Response Initiative Working Group was started in 2011 by the private sector utilities who were looking for ways to expedite their fleet and resource movement across state lines following Hurricane Irene. After the initial meeting in December 2011 with DHS-IP and the AHC, the private sector participants organized a regional working group inclusive of public sector officials. The purpose of this working group was to explore ways to expedite the movement of private sector resources on a multi-state level in support of response efforts and mutual assistance for rapid critical infrastructure restoration. Currently, the working group has private sector participants from 8 sectors including power (electric, gas, oil), transportation, telecommunications, food, water, retail, finance, and chemical.



The Workshop brought together public and private sector operations people to discuss the movement of private sector fleets and resources across multiple state lines in response to Super Storm Sandy.

Super Storm Sandy impacted 10+ states and brought resources from around the U.S. and Canada into the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic regions to assist all response and restoration efforts.


The #1 Workshop Takeaway:

A delay of two to four hours in electrical utility fleet movements across multiple state lines can delay electrical power restoration by 24 to 48 hours!



The report captures the participants, issues, discussions, lessons learned, best practices, current solutions, outcomes, opportunities and recommendations from the electric and fuel (gas/oil) sectors.

Regarding the Private Sector Fleet Movement Issue(s):

  • Who participated and what was the objective? Pg. 4, 22
  • Why is multi-state fleet/resource movement across state borders a top concern among power/electric sector CEO’s during a response? Pg.5
  • What are the main issues? Pg.6
  • What are the near-term, mid-term and long term opportunities for improvement of fleet movement? Pg. 7
  • How can the EZ Pass system (and similar systems) be leveraged to expedite private sector fleet movement and improve state toll collections for certain fleets of trucks? What are limitations to this approach? Pg. 7
  • What government partnerships are developing to help address this private sector issue nationally? Pg. 8


Regarding the Electrical Sector:

  • What were the lessons learned from Sandy?
  • How did the electric sector work with NJ Office of Information Technology to develop a work around process to expedite fleets/trucks through tool stations? Pg. 9-11
  • What were the joint recommendations to solve some key issues? Page 20-21


Regarding the Fuel (Oil & Gas) Sector:

  • How and where was the oil and gas infrastructure damaged? Pg. 12
  • What were some of government’s lessons learned from Sandy? The private sector’s? Pg. 13-15
  • How did the private sector prepare for Sandy? How did government prepare? Pg. 16-17
  • What were the key recommendations from the gas and oil sectors? Pg. 20-21



Many thanks to the partners that helped contribute to the workshop and the report. A special thanks to our hosts PECO Energy, and the partners who helped plan and conduct the workshop:


  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of New Jersey
  • Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Verizon
  • PECO Energy
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency


This report will serve as a guide for future integrated planning between the private and public sectors on this important topic.



Download Full Report:

Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Information:




Going forward, the Multi-State Fleet Response Initiative Working Group is focused on producing several products to be used by public and private sector that include:


  1. A working group contact directory of its public and private sector members
  2. A state-by-state guidebook for entrance and pass through requirements for private sector fleets to use
  3. A document that outlines the use of the EZ Pass system by fleets, validates the concept, and identifies any limitations and/or exceptions.
  4. A webinar to educate government legislators, regulators and operations personnel on the power grid and the electric sector Mutual Aid process used to plan, prepare and respond to storms and events
  5. An annual calendar and work plan
  6. A charter to formalize the working group


If you have questions regarding this report, please contact Kristy Augustosky (

America's Next Report Card Arrives March 19

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure will be released on March 19, 2013 in a new digital format for both tablets and smart phones with the grades, ASCE’s vision for infrastructure, and more content than ever before with 16 infrastructure categories, over 100 infrastructure success stories, and infographics on every state.  In this new app, the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure puts the most comprehensive and clear reference available on America’s infrastructure right into your pocket. Bringing you expert advice in videos and interactive content, this app truly shows how America’s infrastructure and your state’s infrastructure are doing and what needs attention.  Share ideas for action and your thoughts along with any part of the app with friends, coworkers or professional groups, local leaders, or even your member of Congress. Mark your calendar for March 19th to download America’s next Report Card!

ASCE's 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Every four years, ASCE issues the Report Card which evaluates conditions and investment needs for major sectors of infrastructure -- including roads, bridges, drinking water systems, ports, mass transit, and the electric grid. The overall grade for the nation’s infrastructure was a D+, up just slightly from a D in 2009.

This year's Report Card covers 16 infrastructure categories, and it's being released as a digital application (or "app") that includes videos, interactive maps, and other multimedia tools. For the first time, the 2013 Report Card provides information for all 50 states, including examples of initiatives and innovations that are making a difference.

Download a free app:

iPhone Version

iPad Version

Google Play (Android)