DHS Announces Security Standards for Freight and Passenger Rail Systems

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The US Department of Homeland Security announced regulations that will strengthen the security of the nation's freight and passenger rail systems and reduce the risk associated with transporting security-sensitive materials. The Rail Security final rule will require rail carriers to designate rail security coordinators and report significant security concerns to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This fact sheet explains the TSA's security standards for freight and passenger rail systems.

Best Practices Stories Chronicle Mitigation That Works

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Best practices are activities that support the mitigation mission, which includes creating safer communities by reducing loss of life and property, enabling individuals to recover more rapidly from floods and other disasters and lessening the financial impact of disasters on the nation. Mitigation measures are being collected and told as best practices stories by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM).

Committee Urges Levee Inventory

Friday, December 12, 2008

The National Committee on Levee Safety said the U.S. should take a complete inventory of all levees in the country. Although the US Army Corps of Engineers maintains an inventory of levees it is responsible for, there is a lack of inventoried data on privately owned levees. Officials don't know how many there are or what shape they are in.

Summit on Guiding Principles for Critical Infrastructure

Thursday, July 9, 2009

ASCE sponsored an industry summit on December 8-10, 2008 at Lansdowne Resort, to identify content for a guidance document outlining key attributes required for successful, safe, resilient, and sustainable critical infrastructure systems. The document will assist in proactively preventing infrastructure catastrophes such as the levee failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina or the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.

The summit fostered meaningful discussions and insights from experts with wide-ranging roles in critical infrastructure: financiers, elected officials, civil servants, infrastructure advocacy group members, news media, engineers, and others. Summit participants were actively engaged in discussions focused on developing and sustaining resilient infrastructure systems.

In support of the overarching guiding principle to protect public health, safety, and welfare, four fundamental guiding principles were developed:

  1. Quantifying, communicating, and managing risk.
  2. Exercising sound leadership, management, and stewardship in decision-making processes. 
  3. Employing an integrated systems approach. 
  4. Adapting critical infrastructure in response to dynamic conditions and practice.

These guiding principles are fully interrelated. No one principle is more important than the others and all are required to protect public safety, health, and welfare.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the adoption of the final standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep) —a major milestone in DHS’ implementation of a program recommended by the 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies.
“Private organizations across the country—from businesses to universities to non-profit organizations—have a vital role to play in bolstering our disaster preparedness and response capabilities,” said Secretary Napolitano. “These new standards will provide our private sector partners with the tools they need to enhance the readiness and resiliency of our nation.”
PS-Prep is a partnership between DHS and the private sector that enables private entities to receive emergency 
preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system created in coordination with the private sector.
The standards—developed by the National Fire Protection Association, the British Standards Institution and ASIS International—were published for public comment in the Federal Register in October 2009.  The adoption of the final standards was published in a Federal Register notice today following a series of regional public meetings and the incorporation of public comments.
DHS will continue to accept comments on PS-Prep, the three adopted standards, and/or proposals to adopt any other similar standard that satisfies the target criteria of the December 2008 Federal Register notice which announced the program.
Comments may be submitted to or, in Docket ID FEMA-2008-0017).

ANSI/ASME-ITI/AWWA J100 RAMCAP® Standard for Risk and Resilience Management of Water and Wastewater Systems

Monday, October 4, 2010

AWWA and ASME Innovative Technologies Institute (ASME-ITI) have developed the first voluntary consensus standard encompassing an all-hazards risk and resilience management process for use specifically by water and wastewater utilities.

GAO Report GAO-10-772: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Friday, November 12, 2010

Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Efforts to Assess and Promote Resiliency Are Evolving but Program Management Could Be Strengthened.


GAO Report GAO-10-772: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Friday, November 12, 2010

Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Efforts to Assess and Promote Resiliency Are Evolving but Program Management Could Be Strengthened.


Call for Papers: West Point Critical Infrastructure Symposium

Friday, October 8, 2010

West Point Critical Infrastructure Symposium
"Integrating Policy, Practice and Educaiton for Infrastructure Resilince"
April 29 & 30, 2011
West Point, NY

~Abstract Submittal Deadline - February 1, 2011~


The Second Annual West Point Critical Infrastructure Symposium will be held on April 29 & 30, 2011 at The United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and is co-sponsored by The Infrastructure Security Partnership.  The Symposium will foster the integration of resilient infrastructure policy, practice, and education through key note speakers, technical presentations, and roundtable discussions.

The inaugural West Point Critical  Infrastructure Symposium was held on April 30, 2010.  Cadets from the United States Military Academy joined by students from other universities presented papers and engaged in in-depth discussions with  invited infrastructure professionals and government officials.  This year we are building on this foundation and  expanding the scope of the symposium.

College students (undergraduate, graduate, and  Ph.D.) and faculty conducting research in critical infrastructure protection and resilience are invited to submit and present papers.  Industry professionals and government officials are invited to give  presentations or simply attend the symposium to participate in the discussions.  Undergraduate papers are important to this event and are strongly solicited. 

An infrastructure course development workshop will be offered for faculty before the opening session on Friday April 29th.  This workshop will present the objectives, course structure, references,  and lesson notes for two courses:  “Infrastructure Engineering” and “Introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection.”  These courses are structured to appeal to students in engineering, policy, emergency management, and homeland security programs.  This workshop is ideal for faculty who are developing or improving courses in infrastructure  policy, resilience, and protection.

The registration cost is expected to be under $100.  We are excited about the growth of this outstanding event and are looking forward to assembling a diverse group of speakers, invited moderators, presenters, and guests.  Attendance is limited to 200 so early submission and registration is recommended.  We hope to see you in April at West Point.

Albert V. Romano
Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Chair, TISP Board of Directors

Steven D. Hart, P.E., Ph.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Department of Civil & Mechanical
Engineering, West Point


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Released by the Homeland Security and Analysis Institute this paper offers an operational framework that can prove useful to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and stakeholders at all levels, both public and private, as a basis for incorporating resilience into our infrastructure and society in order to make the nation safer.