Working Group Overview

The work of the All Hazards Consortium is done primarily through the activities of the Regional Working Groups. Comprised of members from the public and private sectors, education and non-profits, these groups provide a unique way for stakeholders to come together to discuss critical issues facing the region. Currently, the working groups that are actively supported by the AHC are as follows:

·        The Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group  (website link: Multi-State Fleet Response)

This group is comprised of private and public sector operators and is guided by the private sector.  This group focuses on expediting power and supply chain restoration efforts via focusing on fleet movement across state lines

·        PIV-I FRAC Technology Transition Working Group

This working group is comprised of and guided by state, local, and federal government representatives interested in the utilization of the PIV-I credential standard being utilized, and interoperable with the federal government and Department of Defense agencies.  The working group is focused on exploring the use of PIV-I credentials as a “standard” that enables data sharing and physical access between all levels of government and critical infrastructure owners and operators.  PIV-I is a trusted identity and credentialing standard developed by the Federal Government for non-Federal issuers (e.g., states, private sector, other related organizations).

·        The Multi-State Communications Interoperability Working Group

This group is comprised and guided by government Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) across nine states who are focused on communications and broadband issues for public safety (e.g., FirstNet)

·        The Critical Infrastructure Protection Working Group

This group is comprised and guided by state critical infrastructure/resiliency leadership and focuses on specific CIP related issues, including credentialing, data sharing, port security, rail security, cyber, and private sector integration. 

·        The East Coast Corridor Coalition

This group is comprised and guided by operational professionals in the urban areas of Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Newark, NJ, and New York City, NY, along with their respective states.  This group focuses on broader east coast related issues that impact major urban areas.  In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, this group is looking at ways to expedite mutual aid for both public and private sectors, improve federal coordination across multiple FEMA regions, enhance communications, and data sharing with the private sector and other regional partners across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. 

·        The Regional Rail Security Working Group

This group is comprised of private sector rail and public sector operators and is guided by the private sector.  This group is focused on enhancing information sharing between the rail sector, state and local government, and the other “lifeline” sectors that are essential to responding to disasters.

·        The Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT) Working Group

This group is comprised and guided by government representatives from multiple states across the mid-Atlantic region.  This group focuses on multiple projects designed to enhance planning for catastrophic events.

·        The Regional Executive Advisory Group

This group is comprised and guided by private and public sector leaders, both former and active, who have an interest in integrated planning between government and private sector.  This group supports the mission of the Consortium and its working groups and participates in a variety of activities, including exercises, training, planning, and program development by leveraging their individual and collective networks and contacts in support of regional initiatives.

These working groups may develop sub-committees that focus on more specific areas of interest based on the needs of the private sector or the regional states.