The AHC's Regional Integrated Planning Framework has produce real world impacts on disaster response and business continuity efforts. This was on display during in 2012 during SuperStorm SANDY when the AHC worked with its private sector operational partners to produces solutions that were immediately implements in the public and private sectors to produce the following results:
- Saved lives and protected critical infrastructure via a social media watchdog/trending service provided by AHC partners
- Reduced delays at toll stations (which expedited power restoration for millions of citizens and businesses) for the electric sector trying to get to NJ/NY from
around the nation via the Fleet Response Working Group and AHC's virtual Help Desk connection with multiple states
- Quickly located housing in the private sector for displaced families and out of state work crews via AHC partners who participated in disaster housing and shelter
in place projects with the AHC
- Became a vital source of situational awareness to FEMA, states and private sector for the availability of open essential services during power outages for via
providing real time data from telecommunications sector partner that helped NJ/NY response officials and the private sector quickly locate open and/or closed
fuel, food, pharmacy and hotel locations. According to FEMA, this information was used to brief the White House daily and was the central planning data for the
federal government during the first 2-3 days of SANDY.
How were these results achieved?
Through several years of Integrated Planning between states and the private sector from 2010 to 2012 when SANDY struck. Leveraging the AHC's Trusted Framework and public/private working groups, the business community and the public sector at all levels were able to quickly leverage relationships and capabilities and craft ad-hoc solutions that worked to address real world operational issues.