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#2053 - Building Partnerships Prior to a Disaster WEBINAR IEPA#5412

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#2053 - "Lead Us To Water: Building Private-Public Partnerships Prior to A Disaster"    IEPA#5412

Delivered on: 9/8/2011
RTC Hours: 1 Total Hours: 1
Presented by: Edie Casella, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)/Illinois Terrorism Task Force

Government statistics cite the private sector controlling over 85% of the nation’s infrastructure. As public safety leaders, it is essential to develop a communal understanding of the integral roles and responsibilities the private sector community has in Illinois homeland security/emergency management efforts and establish mutually beneficial collaborations prior to the occurrence of disasters/incidents. These collective capabilities will greatly enhance the preparedness and response/recovery activities for Illinois communities and beyond.

The Private Sector Alliance Project (PSAP) – "An Enterprise beyond the Resources of Any One Member" - was conceived in 2007 to meet strategic business objectives for homeland security in Illinois through actively engaging private-public sector information sharing, preparedness, response and partnerships to build a foundation for mutual exchange of information and assistance. These collaborative efforts are needed for overall protection of infrastructure and business assets as well as joint, successful recovery activities. Two programs of interest are: (1) Infrastructure Security Awareness (ISA) and (2) Mutual Aid Response and Resource Network (MAR2N). The ISA program is through the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (ST&IC), to share vital, For Official Use Only (FOUO) information and ensure timely dissemination of critical infrastructure protection guidance and intelligence with private sector representatives with a "responsibility to inform". The MAR2N program is through the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to act as a force multiplier between the private and public sectors through coordinated resource response to mitigate the impact of critical incidents. Private sector liaisons are represented at the Center during times of activation to coordinate private sector assistance and assets to communities in need alongside their public sector liaisons.

Water is designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the top 18 Critical Infrastructures/Key Resources (CIKR) in this country. It is also a top asset for the public, especially in preparation for and during/after a disaster. Now is an opportune time to build on these developing private-public partnerships and establish joint initiatives with the water sector. Prior awareness of this sector and its dependencies, interdependencies, supply chain concerns and cascading events can lead to effective, collaborative response/recovery activities. Through this webinar discussion, it will be productive to not only share opportunities to participate in state initiatives, but also hear from water sector representatives participating in the webinar regarding what is currently successful (and how to build on those successes); and what are the areas of concern for targeted partnership-building.

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