July 2016 - The Pacific Northwest Economic Region was recognized as a model for building a more resilient region in the new DHS National Protection Framework
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Comprehensive Community Bio-Event Resilience
This planning effort involved multiple planning charrettes that allowed people to dive into the details of a multi-jurisdiction and public-private response to a pandemic flu event. It is important to note that the dominance of social media that we see today was not present at the time of this planning effort and would need to be included in adapting this plan to today's situation. To read this comprehensive report, click here.
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 PNWER Annual Report here.
Cybersecurity Awareness and Workshops
CRDR has two ongoing cybersecurity initiatives this spring. The first is the King County Region 6 Cybersecurity Workshop. This will explore risks in the cyberspace and how to manage them in Washington state. The second is the 6th Annual Idaho Cybersecurity Statewide Summit. Hosted in Boise, ID, this event examines the growing challenges of cybersecurity and their impact on overall economic and physical safety in Idaho.
More information on both events can be found here.
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 Assessment
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.