Nexight Group is providing key facilitation, expert analysis, and briefing development to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council’s (NIAC) Regional Resilience Working Group as they examine how to strengthen nationwide regional resilience.
While incident planning and response widely occurs at the state and local level, large-scale events such as major storms require extensive regional coordination. Understanding how critical infrastructures can better coordinate within and across regional divides can strengthen the nation’s response and recovery from widespread events. Eight executives from the NIAC formed the Regional Resilience Working Group in April 2012 to examine how regions can become more resilient.
We perform in-depth research and expert analysis in support of the Regional Resilience Working Group, and help identify and crystallize conclusions for the Working Group to present to the full NIAC. Though the study is still ongoing, the briefing Nexight prepared for the Working Group chair to deliver at the October 2012 NIAC Quarterly Business Meeting captured six month of investigation into regional resilience issues. As part of the Working Group’s in-depth study, Nexight Group:
- Analyzed existing federal authorities concerning state, local, and regional disaster response
- Examined state-of-the-art tools, guides, and measurement frameworks designed to strengthen regional resilience
- Conducted four interviews with leading resilience practitioners to better understand the landscape of regional resilience frameworks
After presenting study progress, the Regional Resilience Working Group gained additional feedback from NIAC members and DHS leadership. The Working Group tasked a Study Group to carry out a case study of regional resilience, with Nexight Group support, to inform the Working Group’s findings and recommendations it will ultimately submit to the president.