Following the successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, Oregon, in 2017, the CRDR decided to organize another gathering of leaders and decision-makers from across the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information-sharing. The Symposium was held as part of PNWER's 2018 Annual Summit in Spokane, Washington. 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 increased awareness for important disaster resilience issues. The 2018 Disaster Resilience Symposium consisted of two sessions: Election Infrastructure & Cybersecurity and Drones.
Election Infrastructure & Cybersecurity
Elections were designated as part of our nation's critical infrastructure in late 2016 by the Department of Homeland Security. The topic is both timely and relevant to our elected officials who will be in attendance at the PNWER Summit. The session will examine federal guidance for state and local election officials; current threats to election infrastructure; policies to protect election infrastructure; and methods to reassure the public.
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) in partnership with Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute (GRI) have been awarded a 2017 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grant for critical infrastructure. The project seeks to develop technologies for UAS (drone) employment to technically inspect critical infrastructure in post disaster scenarios.
There is a need for rapid damage assessment of critical infrastructure immediately following a disaster. Emerging UAS technology is allowing for an expedited and detailed damage assessment of infrastructure such as bridges and other steel and concrete structures within the built environment.