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2012

RCPGP Educational Workshop

September 24th– 25th 2012

International Monetary Fund Building
Washington, D.C.

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Regional Situational Awareness Workshop
August 16th, 2012

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McLean, VA

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Regional Integrated Planning Update: April 2012 Newsletter

The All Hazards Consortium would like to provide you with another a brief update on some of its integrated planning initiative programs, projects and activities within the Mid-Atlantic and North East Regions.

March was a very active month for everyone. We did not issue a March update but have combined the March & April updates into this issue.

Private sector owner/operators should take particular notice to the new FEMA training in Item #2 below on public/private partnerships. The AHC also encourages the vendor community to participate in this training and share this newsletter/link with their commercial customers/clients to help support the efforts of educating all industry stakeholders large and small to the importance and value proposition of public/private partnerships.

Initiatives, Products & Projects:

1) NEW Eastern Urban Area Executive Committee (EUAEC)

As the states and urban areas of the AHC began working with the private sector owner/operators in 2011, several new corridor related projects emerged in the areas of ports security, rail security and catastrophic planning that required a broader coordination across the region, particularly between the major cities of Washington DC, and New York City. 

In 2011 the urban areas of Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia decided to form a regional executive level working group to help coordinate these types of regional corridor efforts to leverage the collective efforts and investments of government and the private sector on specific projects and initiatives.

Following several planning meetings of a small steering committee, an initial meeting was conducted in December, 2011, which brought together the urban areas of New York City, Nothern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. along with FEMA (Headquarters, Region 2 & Region 3) and the state emergency management directors in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. The collective group agreed to work together on integrated planning issues surrounding catastrophic planning and improving coordinated engagement and outreach to the owners and operators of the region's critical infrastructure.

The group will be called the Eastern Urban Area Executive Committee (EUAEC) and will consist of a steering committee and general committee members comprised of the leadership in the urban areas, states and federal partners from DHS/FEMA. 

2) NEW Public / Private Partnerships Training Course by FEMA

Attention private sector businesses owners and operators!!!

Is your business interested in learning how to better handle disasters? How to get your business back to business faster? How to partner with government under the new "whole of communities" initiative? How to better prepare your employees for disasters?

This is a great FREE training course produced by FEMA and representatives from the private sector designed to educate your business or your commercial customers on the importance, the roles, and the value propositions offered by public/private partnerships.

This course provides an introduction to the role of public-private partnerships in emergency preparedness and planning. The goal of this training is to establish a common vocabulary and perspective for both government and private sector companies (both large and small) interested in utilizing or forming partnerships to improve response, recovery and resilience.

Course link: Click Here

3) Regional Social Media "Trends Reporting" Pilot Project Announced 

The states and urban areas of the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) have been working to develop integrated planning initiatives with the private sector owners and operators in the power, transportation, communications, food and other sectors as a way to help businesses get back to business faster following a major event

Along the way, the AHC has identified new "social media" related approaches, solutions, research and operational approaches that could benefit government and the region/nation if they could be integrated into a trusted framework with state/local governments. A pilot project resulted from discussions with the power, communications and financial services sectors regarding their uses of social media and their desire to synchronize information flows with state/local government Emergency Operations Centers, emergency management leadership and public & private operation teams to enhance real-time decision making during events and overall coordination and communications.

This social media "trends reporting" pilot project is designed to synchronize the delivery of "social media trending" reports to both government and the private sector in order to inform decision makers of real-time information related to specific events. By effectively and efficiently monitoring the thousands of social media sites on the Internet, this service will deliver the following social media trending information to support emergency management operations: 

  • Early warnings of power or communications outages
  • Downed trees, wires and other obstacles that are blocking strategic transportation routes
  • Citizens in need of assistance that do not have access to landline telephones, but are tweeting about their emergency situation and location
  • Threats to relief and disaster recovery operations
  • Plans to compromise systems critical to emergency management operations Threats to critical infrastructure
  • Looting and other criminal activities that harm citizens, relief workers, the private sector and others

This is a "game-changing" capability according to one state's emergency management officials. If harnessed and integrated into standard operating procedures/systems, this type of social media information can provide real-time "situational awareness" to inform emergency management officials in government and industry to support decision making, validate assumptions, provide early warnings of events, and improve overall coordination and communications during disasters.

Meetings, Events & Partnerships:

4) HS PPD-8 Program Webinar

In January, the states and urban areas of the AHC hosted a webinar on the topic of the new Presidential Policy Directive #8 (HS PPD-8). 

National Preparedness is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation by preparing for the full range of 21st century risks that threaten national security, including weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks, terrorism, pandemics, transnational threats and catastrophic natural disasters. National preparedness is a shared responsibility. As such, the PPD is designed to facilitate an integrated, all-of-nation/whole-community, capabilities-based approach to preparedness. Involving federal partners, state, local and tribal leaders, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, faith based and community organizations ─ and, most importantly, the general public - is vital to keeping people and communities safe and preventing the loss of life and property when disasters strike

Implementation of the PPD requires extensive outreach, collaboration and input from stakeholders at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and also from the public. FEMA will coordinate closely with our partners throughout the homeland security and emergency management community, the private and non-profit sectors, and with the public to implement the requirements included in PPD-8

This webinar was an interview with the PPD-8 Program's Executive Director Donald "Doc" Lumpkins.  

Webinar Link: Click Here 

HS PPD-9 Website Link: Click Here
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Online HS PPD-8 Presentation: Click Here 

5) Communications Interoperability Tabletop Exercise - NCR UASI

On May 24, 2012, government members of the National Capital Region will conduct the an NCR focused Communications Interoperability Tabletop Exercise in Silver Spring, Maryland as a follow-up to last September's 2nd Annual Forum and to address some new emerging needs since that time. The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory [JHU/APL] and the All Hazards Consortium [AHC] have been retained to assist with this event.

 The exercise will focus on practical interoperability challenges facing Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties along with the State of Maryland and other NCR partners. Successes as well as gaps will be documented and serve as support for future funding opportunities, highlight achievements, and illustrate the value of past investments.

During the exercise a scenario will be discussed. Two months later, a drill at the command bus rally will demonstrate the identified successes and challenges. In this fashion the joint interoperability capability will be demonstrated, both in theory and practice

Objectives:

  1. Identify gaps in planning, training, equipping or personnel
  2. Demonstrate that planning, training, and equipping throughout the region

For more information, or for an agenda, Click Here

Summary:

As always, this update only reflects a small portion of the "private sector integration" efforts going on within the region and around the country. The AHC would like to express its appreciation for the organizations and individuals who have embraced this "integrated planning initiative" so quickly.

Future regional initiatives updates will include:

  • AHC Procurement Service Produces $2Mill+ in Match For Government Grants
  • Information Sharing Initiatives with Government and Private Sector
  • Regional PIV-I Credentialing Initiative
  • New Partnership with US Dept of Justice on Suspicious Activity Reporting with Private Sector
  • AHC Website Updates
  • Fall 2012 Situational Awareness Workshop

Working together, companies and governments will become better prepared to face hazards of any type and develop more resilient "communities and economies" across the region.

The All Hazards Consortium


Regional Integrated Planning Update: February 2012 Newsletter

The All Hazards Consortium would like to provide you with another a brief update on some of its integrated planning initiative programs, projects and activities within the Mid-Atlantic and North East Regions.

These activities have all been designed to promote coordination and integration of planning efforts on specific projects and investments between state/local governments and the private sector "life line sector" owner/operators of the critical infrastructure.

Initiatives, Products & Projects:

1) Regional Rail Security Integrated Planning Initiative

As a direct outcome of the AHC's Private Sector integration initiative launched in 2011, this regional rail initiative was initiated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the NJ UASI. Participants include both passenger and freight rail carriers, multiple state/UASI representatives, and DHS' Transportation Security Administration.

The initiative will focus on the development of specific projects and a public/private rail owners/operators framework for critical decision making built on the existing inter-dependencies between these public/private organizations with an emphasis on state and local integration.

The initiative will identify systems, technologies, policies, and protocols that enhance regional rail security and response operations within the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions. It will also leverage and build upon existing investments, lessons learned, research and initiatives already underway in both the public and private sectors. The first project reviewed operational readiness including identifying and modifying best practices; operational plans, prevention considerations and identified technologies for rail provider's recommended use in the study area for the purpose of ensuring a consistent regional response to a threat or event.

2) Regional Rapid CI/KR Restoration Initiative

This initiative brings critical infrastructure owners and operators from energy, communications, IT and other sectors together with state/local/federal transportation, emergency management, public safety, homeland security and other officials, as appropriate, to discuss the challenges and propose solutions and projects to facilitate and expedite the multi-state transit of mutual assistance with the private sector repair fleets/vehicles to increase speed of restoration of power & telecommunications services within the region.

Historically, the rapid movement of large convoys of mutual assistance resources (e.g. repair trucks and related vehicles) across multiple state/local boundaries to support power & communication response and recovery efforts following major disasters is slowed or disrupted by the need to address and adhere to varying local and state requirements such as stopping at weigh stations or other types of screening. This ongoing project will determine gaps/requirements and possible approaches to resolve challenges facing inter-state fleet movement for the private sector.

To date, an initial meeting was held with the private sector and public officials from PA & NJ. A small Steering Committee was formed by the private sector to oversee the progress. A proposal is being developed for state consideration to further develop the project and next steps. Partners include DHS NPPD/Office of Infrastructure Protection, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and sector reps from the power, telecommunications, transportation, finance, retail & chemical sectors.


3) Regional Disaster Food Distribution Project

This project is initially focusing on determining best practices in the Food Sector resiliency planning efforts. As part of this project, the AHC will be using targeted workshops and webinars to identify successful Food Sector resiliency planning efforts. Other states and entities including New York City, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia have signed on to participate in helping to determine a regional set of recommendations for an implementable Food Sector resiliency plan. Suggested outputs of this project include:

  • Building a regional model for supporting the requirements for the food sector to accelerate their ability to being operations in impacted areas
  • Developing suggested memorandums of agreement for private and public partnerships that will facilitate regional coordination among AHC states
  • Providing recommendations for consideration that will promote interstate coordination between government and regional food providers supporting recovery from a major catastrophic event impacting several AHC states
  • Developing recommendations for State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) integrating industry operational personnel in Emergency Support Functional operational personnel in Emergency Support Functional operations
  • Assessing present or developing public private partnerships allowing for the integration of the food sector/industry into ongoing catastrophic planning efforts
  • Assessing existing tools and systems that have been put in place to address the private/public relationship in the food sector (ALAN, AID Matrix, and EMAC)
  • Identify "best practices" that improve the ability to industry to accelerate the process of getting "business back to business" and building resiliency into the food sector in supporting the food requirements of our citizens
  • Develop an operational guide and integration template for industry and states utilizing identified and validated best practices
  • A face-to face meeting of the participating government entities is scheduled for the first week of March, with a follow-on collaboration meeting between these public entities and private food sector companies is planned for the mid-April time frame. Project is scheduled to be finalized in the July 2012 time frame.


Meetings:

1) 2012 AHC Planning Calendar

As the All Hazards Consortium prepares for 2012 it has created a planning calendar which is now available on the Consortium's website. This calendar will outline the topics tracks that the Consortium is planning to use with each of the Private Sectors. The calendar will outline the Integrated Planning Meetings as well as other status meetings focused on individual projects and initiatives. 

NOTE: As always these dates may change slightly for planning purposes so to get the most current version of this please check back with the AHC's website frequently.

To view the calendar please click on the link below.  

Document:  2012 AHC Annual Planning Calendar  

Summary:

This update only reflects a small portion of the "private sector integration" efforts going on within the region and around the country. The AHC would like to express its appreciation for the organizations and individuals who have embraced this "integrated planning initiative" so quickly.

Future regional initiatives updates will include:

  • Regional UASI's formed new Executive Committee in 2011
  • AHC Procurement Service Produces $2Mill+ in Match For Government Grants
  • Information Sharing Initiatives with Government and Private Sector
  • Regional PIV-I Credentialing Initiative
  • New Partnership with US Dept of Justice on Suspicious Activity Reporting with Private Sector
  • AHC Website Updates
  • Fall 2012 Situational Awareness Workshop

Working together, companies and governments will become better prepared to face hazards of any type and develop more resilient "communities and economies" across the region.

The All Hazards Consortium


 

2011

Regional Integrated Planning Update: December 2011 Newsletter

The All Hazards Consortium would like to provide you with a brief update on some of its programs, projects and activities within the Mid-Atlantic and North East Regions.  

These activities have all been designed to promote coordination and integration of planning efforts on specific projects and investments between state/local governments and the "life line sectors" within the private sector.  

Initiatives, Products & Projects:

1) The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP)

The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) addresses preparedness issues across the District of Columbia, the states of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and the commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia. In order to manage a catastrophic incident that could occur in the region, the region must invest in critical preparedness efforts that support catastrophic planning. The program consists of multiple regional planning efforts that are designed to integrate and coordinate  with the outcome of a more harmonized region-based planning framework. The common components for the framework include; plans, policies, templates, checklists, technologies, SOP's and regional tools. The end state will be a regional catastrophic planning framework that is interoperable, flexible and all-hazards. The projects serve a four fold purpose:

o     Increase regional coordination between states regarding catastrophic event preparedness

o     Identify additional regional gaps in catastrophic event preparedness

o     Engender significant resource savings across the region

o     Coordination of private sector

To view the RCPGP project list please click on the link below:  

Document: RCPGP Projects Overview Document  


2) Regional Integrated Planning Project Listing

The All Hazards Consortium has been compiling a list of Regional Projects Funded by the States and Urban Areas that are susceptible for Integration with the Private Sector Operators.  

These projects range from systems integration to planning. Over the past 11 months the states have been working together with the private sector operators to meet in Integrated Planning meetings to expose the projects introduce the project teams and explore ways to identify Commercial and Federal Projects which will be identified and cataloged as well.  

This is part of the ongoing Regional Integrated Planning Initiative the states are conducting as part of the AHC Program for 2012. (Overview presentation)  

To view the most recent AHC Regional Integrated Projects list please click on the link below:

Document: AHC Intergrated Project Listing 


3) AHC Board Services Policy Announcement

In November of 2011 the Board of Directors of the All Hazards Consortium approved a new policy aimed at developing new services that the Consortium can offer to its Private Sector Members.

These services will be focused on a wide variety of the areas and look to further integrate the Private Sector Operators from a regional perspective into the State Planning and Operations. These services will range in capability from improving communications, sharing information, collaboration, contact directories, and project integration. As the services develop the board will review and improve them to being implementation.

Attached we have provided an overview of the policy that was passed by the board to receive this please click on the list below.

Document:  AHC Approved Services Program (Redacted)   

Meetings:

1) 1) AHC 2012 Planning Calendar

As the All Hazards Consortium prepares for 2012 it has created a planning calendar which is now available on the Consortium's website. This calendar will outline the topics tracks that the Consortium is planning to use with each of the Private Sectors. The calendar will outline the Integrated Planning Meetings as well as other status meetings focused on individual projects and initiatives.    

NOTE: As always these dates may change slightly for planning purposes so to get the most current version of this please check back with the AHC's website frequently.

To view the calendar please click on the link below.  

Document:  2012 AHC Annual Planning Calendar  

Summary:

This update only reflects a small portion of the "private sector integration" efforts going on within the region and around the country. The AHC would like to express its appreciation for the organizations and individuals who have embraced this "integrated planning initiative" so quickly.

Future AHC project updates will include:

  • RAIL SECURITY - A regional rail security initiative that is coordinating private sector rail carriers (e.g. passenger & freight) with states to address key rail sector planning topics and jointly funded projects.  
  • FOOD DISTRIBUTION - A new regional food distribution planning project that will help states and the food sector to jointly develop plans to get the food businesses "back to business" sooner after large scale disasters.
  • INFORMATION SHARING - A regional information sharing initiative that is integrating power and rail sector company "systems" with states/local government systems to improve situational awareness and response activities during specific incidents and events.
  • RAPID CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE RESTORATION - A regional critical infrastructure resilience initiative with DHS Office Infrastructure Protection, the states of new Jersey and Pennsylvania, and specific private sector power and telecommunications companies forming to help move utility fleets move faster between states to respond to major events.       

Working together, companies and governments will become better prepared to face hazards of any type and develop more resilient "communities and economies" across the region.

The All Hazards Consortium


 

Regional Integrated Planning Update: November 2011 Newsletter

The All Hazards Consortium would like to provide you with a brief update on some of its programs, projects and activities within the Mid-Atlantic and North East Regions.  

These activities have all been designed to promote coordination and integration of planning efforts on specific projects and investments between state/local governments and the "life line sectors" within the private sector.  

Initiatives, Products & Projects:

1) The Regional Integrated Systems and Planning Initiative

Launched in January 2011, this regional initiative is designed to focus the AHC and its members on regional integration of the private sector owner/operators into the state/local government's planning process on specific topics and projects. Partners include FEMA, DHS, state/local governments and private sector companies from energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, water, finance, medical, and information technology sectors.  

Video: Integrate Planning Overview

Document: Regional Projects List  

Document: Overview of Initiative  
 

2) Regional Ports Symposium Report Released

The AHC's first integrated planning meeting "report" with private sector owner/operators, this report focuses on several currently funded regional projects in the Delaware Bay Area.  

The report features a new format that outlines the four specific projects, the program managers involved, the integration opportunities that exist, the recommendations and next steps needed to better coordinate future projects & investments of the federal, state/local, and private sector stakeholders.

Symposium partners included the US Coast Guard, FEMA, US Navy, NJ/DE Office Homeland Security, SEPARTF, and Bank of America, Greenwich Terminals, Target, PSE&G Nuclear, DE Bay Maritime Exchange, and Paulsboro Refining Co./Delaware City Refining

Webpage: Meeting Overview

Document: Read the Redacted Report 


3) Regional NCR UASI "Shelter In Place Project" in the News

The Washington Business Journal recently featured a regional planning project conducted in the Washington D.C. area. This project (funded by FEMA's Catastrophic Planning Grant Program) was an integrated effort between state/local governments, and several private sector companies in the Golden Triangle Building in Washington, D.C.  

The project partners included the American Bankers Association, Blake Real Estate Inc., the BID, architecture firm Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council,  and Washington Analysis.

Video: Shelter In Place Project Overview 

Article: Washington Business Journal  

Meetings:

1) Regional Interoperability Forum

The National Capital Region UASI conducted a 2-day Interoperability Forum in September. Specific topics were addressed that featured regional governance for future projects, 700 MgHz strategies, Situational Awareness, GIS, regional radio systems, video integration, CAD/RMS, 911/Next Gen, and Social Media. Partners included National Capital Region UASI members, local county officials, Johns Hopkins University, FEMA, DHS, & U.S. Department of Commerce.

This meeting served many purposes and will support the regional state interoperability coordinators as they plan for the long range regional approach to support broadband applications and capabilities. An after action report is planned for release in November 2011. Check www.ahcusa.org for details on the report. 

Document: 2011 NCR Interoperability Forum  

Summary:

This update only reflects a small portion of the "private sector integration" efforts going on within the region and around the country. The AHC would like to express its appreciation for the organizations and individuals who have embraced this "integrated planning initiative" so quickly.

Future AHC project updates will include:

  • RAIL SECURITY - A regional rail security initiative that is coordinating private sector rail carriers (e.g. passenger & freight) with states to address key rail sector planning topics and jointly funded projects.  

  • FOOD DISTRIBUTION - A new regional food distribution planning project that will help states and the food sector to jointly develop plans to get the food businesses "back to business" sooner after large scale disasters.

  • INFORMATION SHARING - A regional information sharing initiative that is integrating power and rail sector company "systems" with states/local government systems to improve situational awareness and response activities during specific incidents and events.  

Working together, companies and governments will become better prepared to face hazards of any type and develop more resilient "communities and economies" across the region.

The All Hazards Consortium


 

  • Pennsylvania’s Region 13 Private Sector Initiative

    During the webinar, you’ll learn more about how the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security promotes the integration of public preparedness efforts with the private sector to help prepare and prevent major damages from occurring if a crisis or threat occurs. The PRBC for Homeland Security was created in 2005 after State and National Homeland Security, PA Region 13 Task Force, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, universities and local businesses met to discuss how they could improve the regions readiness for future disasters. Their efforts align with the mission of the All Hazards Consortium - to establish a framework to promote the integration of public preparedness efforts with the private sector to better plan, respond and coordinate with each other. 
    Click here to view the Webinar

    New Jersey’s Private Sector Help Desk Webinar – Friday October 14th 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

    During Hurricane Irene, New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management established a private sector cell within the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).  Through this cell, NJ was able to collaborate with its private sector partners to provide real time updates, address requests and solve identified issues by working together. The private sector enterprise incorporated both the establishment of a list of private sector partners and the establishment of a private sector desk at the SEOC.

    Featured Speakers include: 

    Charlie McKenna, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness 
    Dennis Quinn, Assistant Deputy Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness

    Click here view the Webinar

    Work, School or Home? - Issues in Sheltering in Place During an Emergency

    This webinar discusses the results of a recent survey of the Washington, DC Metro area (National Capital Region) residents on emergency actions by the public.  Find out what residents say they will do if instructed by authorities to “shelter in place” during an emergency event.

    Click here to view the Webinar

    Reporting for Duty

    This webinar discusses the results of a recent analysis conducted by the University of Delaware’s renowned Disaster Research Center on whether or not emergency responders will be willing to report for duty in the case of a catastrophic disaster.  The briefing will focus on the prevalence of three of the key issues emergency workers might face during a particularly serious event including: role conflict, role strain and role abandonment.

    Click here to view the Webinar

    HIPPOCRATES: From Health to Emergency Management Webinar

    During this webinar, we're taught how this in-production, web based, system is being used by New Jersey and its partners for data integration and brokerage of health, community, emergency preparedness and response, and geo-spatial data. 

    Click here to view the Webinar

  • AHC Regional Integrated Systems and Planning Webinar

    This webinar outlined the Regional Integrated Systems and Planning Initiative launched at the March 21-22, 2011 Urban Area Security Initiatives workshop.

    Click here to view the Webinar
  • Announcing the New 2011 AHC Membership Model
  • In 2011, the leadership of the All Hazards Consortium has introduced a new “Integrated Systems and Planning Initiative” as part of a regional grant provided to the AHC. This initiative is designed to integrate the private sector infrastructure owners and operators into the government systems and planning process. Working with their federal partners at DHS, FEMA, and other federal agencies, the member states and urban areas of the AHC are evolving their collaboration to respond to the challenge.
  • Click here to learn more about great benefits of becoming a member in the AHC’s network of over 9,000 people across hundreds of organizations in both the public and private sectors!
  • Regional Modeling & Simulation RCPGP Project 7 Webinar

    Regional Situational Awareness is critical in a multi-state event. This project webinar, led by West Virginia, explains the outcomes of this project.

    Click here to view the Webinar

    September 14th - 15th - 2nd National Capital Region (NCR) Interoperability Forum
  • July 26th, 2011 - Regional Systems and Integration Planning Meeting (with Delaware Bay AMSC and the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay)
  • AHC's 2011 Annual Membership Program Webinar - May 19, 2011 The AHC held the Annual Membership Program Webinar on May 19 at 8:30am Eastern to talk about the official release of the 2011 AHC Annual Membership Program.
  • May 18th, 2011 - AHC 2011 Regional UASI and Planning Workshop Findings Report Announced

    April 28th, 2011 - AHC Hosts 2011 Regional Urban Areas Security Initiative and Planning Workshop

  • All Hazards Consortium Regional Capability Assessment (RCA) Webinar

    The AHC presented information on the All Hazards Consortium States' Regional Capability Assessment project -- a cooperative effort funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland. The assessment project was the result of a workshop recommendation that the states within the region should "Define and share information on existing interoperable capa­bilities, limitations, and options to improve end-users ability to communicate their needs and expectations."

    Click here to listen to the Webinar
    Click here to download Presentation Material

    3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop – January 24 – 25 On January 24-25, 2011, the states and urban areas of the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) will hold the 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop in Gettysburg, PA as a follow-up to the January 2010 AHC meeting which was the result of a multi-state planning effort focused on potential catastrophic evacuations out of the Washington, DC, and New York City areas.  The purpose of this workshop is to build upon those planning efforts within the states of NC, VA, DC, MD, WV, PA, DE, NJ & NY and further develop the discussion on about the various issues, efforts, challenges and opportunities to achieve the long-term vision of a coordinated plan and support of integrated planning.

    April 20th, 2011 - Results of 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Released

    March 21-22, 2011 - 2011 Regional Urban Areas Security Initiative & Planning Workshop

    Feb 16th, 2011 - AHC Hosts Third Annual Regional State Border Workshop

    January 24th - 25th 2011- 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Page
    January 24th - 25th 2011- 3rd Annual Regional State Border Coordination Workshop Presentation Material

2010

  • Dec 1st, 2010 - Results of All Hazards Consortium Mid Atlantic Region Port Security Workshop Released

    Nov 19th, 2010 - AHC Announces Report From 2nd Annual State Border Coordination Workshop

    Forming Public Private Partnerships to Prepare for a Post-Disaster Environment: Lessons-learned from Palm Beach County, Florida

    The All Hazards Consortium (AHC) hosted a one hour webinar to outline a case study of the grass-roots effort in Palm Beach County, Florida, which established a “private sector run” partnership resulting in leveraging of resources, sharing of ideas, and a cohesive working relationship. 

    Click here to listen to the Webinar
    Click here to view the PDF Presentation

    Regional Transportation Workshop – August 30–31 Washington, DCOn August 30-31, 2010 the All Hazards Consortium, in partnership with the National Transportation Research Board (TRB), will host a Regional Transportation Planning Workshop focused on catastrophic evacuation planning within the FEMA Region III geographic footprint. This workshop is being conducted as part of the FEMA Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant Program (RGPGP). The vision for this workshop is to convene a meeting of the transportation related stakeholders from both public and private sectors; review existing transportation planning efforts; to determine the current status of the FEMA Region III transportation related common operating pictures; and to determine gaps for future planning and implementation efforts.

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    Large-scale Deployment of Post-Disaster Housing: A Perspective on Solving a National Problem with a Local Solution NYC Office of Emergency Management's "Urban Interim Housing Unit Pilot Project -

    On August 25, 2010, the Housing Recovery Plan Manager from the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) discussed NYC's unique Interim Housing project, designed to develop a means of supplying Interim Housing Units (IHUs) to NYC that will work for urban areas nationwide and has implications for the future of post-disaster housing and emergency management.

    Click here to listen to the Webinar

  • Regional Public Safety Communications and Interoperability Workshop – September 7–9 Rehoboth, DEOn September 8-9, 2010, the states of the All Hazards Consortiu, in conjunction with FEMA Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Group (RECCWG), will be hosting a Regional Public Safety Communications and Interoperability Workshop.The vision for this workshop is to further the progress that has been made by both the RECCWG and the AHC Interoperability Working Group as the result of prior workshops and meetings, white paper recommendations and results of baseline assessments with actionable next steps.

    More Information
  • Contracting in Times of Disaster Webinar – On June 28thThe AHC held The Contracting in Times of Disaster webinar to provide both suppliers (or vendors) and government buyers with information on what to look out for before, during and after the contracting process, during a hazard. Presentations and case studies focused on what has worked and what hasn't. The webinar was sponsored by EWA GSI
  • Will the Stay or Will they Go Webinar – Private Sector Webinar – June 17th As part of the nation's catastrophic planning efforts, the FEMA Region III states of DC, DE, MD, PA, VA and WV launched an effort to plan for a catastrophic event in the NCR and causing ripple effects out into the six-state region. As the foundation for that planning effort, a behavioral study of the residents of the NCR was conducted by the University of Virginia's Center for Survey Research and the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. The University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center teamed with UVA to provide disaster expertise. On this webinar, UVA will present highlights for their study tailored to the private sector audience.
  • First Line Technology / AmbuBus -  Mass Care & Special Needs Solution
    The AHC had an in depth discussion with David Long with the Hampton Roads MMRS and Amit Kapoor with First Line Technology, manufacturer and sole-provider of the AmbuBus, Bus-Stretcher Conversion Kit. Discussion includes regional and local methodology for funding, training, and implementing the AmbuBus as a resource for mass casualty evacuations and special needs transport in response to natural and man-made disasters.

    Click here to listen to the Webinar

2009

  • 2nd Annual State Border Coordination Workshop, January 25 - 26 The 1st AHC Regional Border Coordination Summit Workshop focused on how the states would coordinate at their borders during a regional catastrophic evacuation of the public. A follow-up Workshop is being planned for January 25-26, 2010 in Gettysburg, PA to drive further into several key topics including communications/interoperability, transportation, mass care and credentialing– check back shortly for details. A summary report from the 2008 summit is available. Click here to download
  • Regional Ports Workshop, October 22 – 23 in Maryland The mid-Atlantic region’s ports represent an economic engine and a security risk and investment that must be protected. Working with the states and federal, private sector, university and non-profit partners, the AHC conducted a regional workshop focused on the various aspects of developing a regional resilient network of ports. A follow-up webinar series will be conducted shortly as well as the development of a regional report – stay tuned…

2008

  • Audio Replay of the AHC/IBM Web Seminar is Live The "Emergency Response: Weathering the storm through public and private collaboration" web seminar is now available for replay. Click to listen to the audio replay.
  • AHC Regional Fusion Center White Paper Briefing at GWU On December 10th the All Hazards Consortium briefed Senior Federal Government Officials on the region's Fusion Centers. Findings and recommendations of the recently released regional Fusion Center Workshop Report were presented and released during this event. Download the Fusion Center White Paper.

2007

  • The Mid-Atlantic All-Hazards Forum – “Hugely Successful” Initial report on the now annual “must attend” regional conference in Baltimore, which featured a host of preparedness professionals and other luminaries as members of the thirty panel discussions, plus a number of policy-level federal and state decision makers and representatives from 27 other states. More information...
  • AHC Briefs Regional State Legislative Liaisons in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2007 On October 10, the AHC and several board members provided a briefing to the regional state legislative liaisons on the AHC organization, its member states and stakeholders, and how the AHC serves the states. More information..
  • Regional Critical Infrastructure Protection White Paper
    Sponsored by CNA Corporation, released November 2007
  • Regional Critical Infrastructure Protection Workshop held October 2 - 4, 2007 Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security, along with the All Hazards Consortium Board of Directors, facilitated a regional CIP Workshop hosted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Penn State University on October 2 - 4, 2007. More information...
  • 2006 All Hazards Forum Annual Report Released in September 2007 In September 2007, the AHC released its 2006 All Hazards Forum Report to the general public. This report was produced from the 2006 event held in Baltimore, Maryland. Sponsored by IBM, this report captures regional information, perspectives, strategies, obstacles, lessons learned and best practices. Click here for the Press Release Click here for the Report