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.
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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.
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 draft version of the survey is available to view in the link below. The full survey will be released in early February 2018.
Take the stakeholder survey here.
CRDR to Study & Share Lessons Learned in Regional Wildfire Recovery
The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience is partnering with Northeastern University to identify lessons learned during the recovery from major fires in the region and share best practices that communities and citizens can use to prepare for fires and minimize their impact.
The project will look at the potentially increasing impact of wildfires on critical infrastructures, help identify lessons learned during the recovery from major fires in the region and share best practices that agencies, business & industry and communities can use to prepare for fires and minimize their impact to the infrastructures that support them.
The Pacific Northwest is home to forests that surround numerous urban, suburban and rural communities. Changes in the climate, weather patterns and the close proximity of homes and industry to forests are resulting in fires causing increasingly higher damage to critical infrastructure and communities.
More than 1 million acres burned across Washington State in 2015, the worst fire season in the state's history. In 2016, the Fort McMurray Fires in Northern Alberta destroyed 2,400 homes and displaced thousands of citizens. The fires became the Canada's costliest natural disaster. The human and financial toll of these disasters can take years to recover from and the new "normal" might not be what the community was before a fire.
Wildfires cross local, state and national political borders and require regional federal coordination. Recovery efforts are typically left to the individual jurisdictions with assistance from the state or provincial and federal governments. How to allocate and use this assistance can be a challenge for communities.
Through the grant, the CRDR will seek to:
- Identify lessons learned during the recovery from major fires in the region. This includes the efforts communities have undertaken to rebuild or relocate infrastructure
- Highlight the impacts to critical infrastructure that were impacted by fires and the challenges related to bringing those resources back online
- Look specifically for similarities and differences associated with wildland fires that do or do not impact urban areas
- Conduct one-on-one interviews with experts and stakeholders responsible for the response and recovery efforts in the region impacted by major wildfires
- Conduct or participate in a day long workshop
- Develop a summary issue document of issues and recommendations that will be combined with the efforts
The CRDR is working in partnership with the Meridian Institute, which is leading the project and investigating the impacts of wildland fires in the Eastern United States, specifically the fire that impacted Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
UPCOMING CRDR EVENTS
Cyber Resilience Workshop: PNWER Maritime Cybersecurity Situational Awareness Project
When: March 6, 2018
Where: Seattle Office of Emergency Management (EOC Room)
105 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region 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.
As part of the process, PNWER has designed a survey to develop a baseline of current best practices and investments in cyber-security by maritime related organizations in the Puget Sound Region. The survey also serves as an excellent self-assessment of cybersecurity readiness and capabilities. To view or take the survey visit bit.ly/maritimecybersurvey.
Join us March 6, 2018, from 9:00-11:00AM at Seattle OEM for an initial planning workshop.
The workshop will include:
Blue Cascades Recovery Exercise
When: March 21, 2018
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center 17620 International Blvd, Seattle, Washington, 98188-4001
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.
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