The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) launched the Regional Disaster Resilience and Homeland Security Program in November 2001 with the goal of improving the Pacific Northwest's ability to withstand and recover and to protect its critical infrastructures from all-hazards disasters. Based in Seattle, Washington, PNWER is a statutory, non-profit public/private organization that was formed in 1991 by legislatures of the northwest states of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Canadian provinces and territories of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon & Northwest Territories.
See our most recent updates on CRDR in the Annual Report here.
2018 Pacific Northwest Disaster Resilience Symposium
When: July 23, 2018
Where: Spokane, Washington
More Information HERE
Following last year's successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, we are organizing another gathering of leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing. The Symposium will be July 23rd embedded within the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region’s Annual Summit in Spokane, Washington from July 22-26. Co-hosting the Disaster Resilience Symposium with the larger PNWER Summit provided attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.
Initial Topics Include:
2018 Summit Agenda
2017 Symposium Agenda
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Have a suggestion for a topic or speaker? Please contact Eric Holdeman at email@example.com
Maritime Cybersecurity Situational Awareness Project
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) have been awarded a 2017 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grant for the Maritime Transportation System Cyber Resilience Category. The primary objective of this project is to establish a maritime industry information sharing and analysis process and to work with existing regulatory and standards organizations to create a robust cyber resource and information sharing community.
Find out more information here.
Stakeholder Survey and Self Asseessment
A survey has been designed to help us develop a baseline of current best practices and investments in cyber-security by maritime related organizations in the Puget Sound Region. The Full survey is available in the link below.
Take the stakeholder survey here.
UPCOMING CRDR EVENTS
Blue Cascades Recovery Exercise
When: March 21, 2018
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Blue Cascades Earthquake Recovery Tabletop Exercise will examine recovery after a major earthquake. This Tabletop exercise will use the June 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise Scenario but will focus only on the disaster recovery and critical infrastructure interdependencies. The critical infrastructure workshop facilitated by the Northeast University Global Resilience Institute in September 2017 set the stage for this event.
The Blue Cascades Recovery Exercise focuses on the recovery of critical infrastructure in the Central Puget Sound region by collecting leaders in the public and private sectors to discuss recovery activities, allocation of resources, and coordination between the two sectors. By strengthening these relationships and organizations, the security and resilience of the Puget Sound can evolve to meet the increasing challenges facing our dynamic region. The event will also work to understand the interdependencies between government and private organizations that are associated with owning and operating critical infrastructure.
Please contact Steve Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2018 Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Workshop
When: April 26, 2018
Where: St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center,
1055 N Curtis Rd
McCleary Auditorium (use Main Entrance)
Boise, ID 83706
The workshop will feature an interactive cybersecurity simulation game to help facilitate discussion on cyber security planning, policy making and outcomes from significant cyber incidents. The purpose is to help stakeholders learn from technical and experienced policy professionals, and to identify gaps in their own planning. Attendees will also learn the deployment of shared cyber responder resources.
July 2014 - The Pacific Northwest Economic Region was recognized as a model for building a more resilient region in the new DHS National Protection Framework