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									PNWER Center for Regional
   Disaster Resilience
 Matt Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, PNWER
PNWER Profile
Private Sector Partners
PNWER Disaster Resilience Program

            PNWER is referenced in the
            National Infrastructure
            Protection Plan as the model for
            bringing the public and private
            sectors together to address
            critical infrastructure protection
            issues. – Feb. 2009

                   PNWER is listed as a best practice for working
                   with other states and provinces to address
                   critical infrastructure security issues in the
                   NGA’s Governor’s Guide to Homeland Security
                   - March 2007
Resilient assets and infrastructures require resilient regions
Resiliency requires understanding which assets are critical in any
specific scenario
Understanding criticality depends upon understanding the
interdependencies between and among critical infrastructures
(criticality is dynamic)
Understanding interdependencies require cross sector information
Cross sector and public/private information sharing requires the
creation of an environment of trust where stakeholders feel ‘safe’ to
share their vulnerabilities
 Blue Cascades I (June 2002)—
  Oregon – Terrorist attack on BPA’s
  grid system – examined
  interdependencies and cascading
 Blue Cascades II (Sept. 2004)
  focused on both cyber and physical
 Blue Cascades III (March 2006)
  Recovery & Restoration from 9.0
  Subduction Zone Earthquake
 Blue Cascades IV (January 2007)
  Critical Infrastructures and Pandemic
 Bluc Cascades V – Supply Chain

350 Experts at Blue Cascades III Tabletop
     Exercise in Bellevue, Washington
  Blue Cascades I (June 2002)—
   focused on a physical Zone
  Subduction disruptions Earthquake Scenario
    Blue Cascades II (Sept. 2004)
     focused on both cyber and physical

    Blue Cascades III (March 2006)
     Recovery & Restoration from major

    Blue Cascades IV (January 2007)
     Critical Infrastructures and
     Pandemic Preparedness

Development of Regional Cyber Security/Resilience
Coordination mechanism (NWWARN & Northwest Alliance for
Cyber Security)
Assisting Integrated Biological Restoration Demo (IBRD)
PNW Columbia River Basin Risk Assessment/Mitigation Study
WS DOT SR 520 Bridge Exercise
SCADA Security Workshops
Comprehensive Bio-Hazard Community Resilience Roadmap
Helping coordinate PNW Border Health Alliance
Regional Interdependencies Workshops
Fostering Cooperation and Collaboration

   Internal and Regional Interdependencies Initiatives
   provide a “business case” for organizations, regions
   and states to overcome deep-rooted differences, turf
   issues, and stove-piped thinking

   Enables us to focus on how we can partner with
   perceived competitors to increase our own readiness
   and the resilience of the region
2009 Dam Sector Exercise Series – Columbia River Basin Overview

             Tri-Cities Bridge                     Tri-Cities, Washington

  2009 Dams Sector Exercise Series

The goal of the exercise
 series is to develop a
 regional disaster
 resilience and
 preparedness strategy for
 the Tri-Cities area that
 can be utilized for the
 broader Columbia River
 Basin region.

                         Exercise Series Timeline
          Quarter 4 (2008)         Quarter 1 (2009)          Quarter 2 (2009)             Quarter 3 (2009)         Quarter 4 (2009)
          Oct Nov Dec           Jan   Feb        Mar       Apr  May        Jun           Jul   Aug     Sep      Oct     Nov       Dec
Track 1          *               *
               Meeting       Workshop
Track 2                          *                *                *
                              Training           TTX            Workshop
Track 3                                                            *                     *             *
                                                                Training                 TTX        Workshop
Track 4                                                                         *                      *                   *
                                                                            Training                  TTX              Workshop
Track 5                                           *                             *                                *                 *

                                             Integrated                    Integrated                        Integrated        Integrated
                                             Regional                      Regional                          Regional          Regional
                                             Strategy                      Strategy                          Strategy          Strategy
                                             (1st draft)                   (2nd draft)                       (3rd draft)       (final) AAC

2009 Dams Sector Exercise Series – Columbia
            Basin Project Goal
To produce a holistic, cost-effective strategy and
implementation plan to assure the resilience of the
Columbia River Basin with focus on dams, locks, and

  Project will assess, from a risk-based perspective,
  consequences for interdependent infrastructures and
  other essential service providers from all-hazards
  disasters and identify prevention and mitigation
Currently the 2009 Dams Sector Exercise Series is
nearly complete

Dam owners, Emergency Managers along with
Federal, State, and Local Stakeholders have been
engaged in this holistic approach to dam and levee

The first phase had wide involvement of
stakeholders from throughout the Columbia River
       Pilot Project to Develop a Comprehensive
      Community Bio-Event Resilience Roadmap

Bring together public health and other experts with key
  state and local agencies, infrastructures, industry,
  business, academic, and community organizations to
  focus on community bio-event resilience

Enable government agencies at all levels with regional
  stakeholders to gain greater knowledge of bio-event
  impacts on communities and longer-term
Identify common goals, gaps and barriers between private
sector organizations and public health, healthcare partners
and local emergency management on improving
information exchange, resource management and
communications during health and medical emergencies
Develop a holistic blueprint for community bio-event
resilience that will encompass all aspects of preparedness
and disaster management, including prevention, protection,
response, recovery/longer term restoration, and risk-based
mitigation to address communications, business and
operational continuity, logistics, supply chain, and resource
issues, public education/training, and exercises.
         Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
                     Matt Morrison
  Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)
  2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 460
  Seattle, WA 98121

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