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The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) just launched a much-needed Guide for an Action Plan to Develop Regional Disaster Resilience. The Guide provides a strategy to develop the necessary level of preparedness for communities to manage major disasters in today’s complex and interdependent world. The Guide is intended for all organizations with specific missions or a vested interest in assuring that the regions in which they reside can withstand major disasters and respond and recover rapidly when the unthinkable happens.
The Guide provides key definitions and a set of common assumptions that underpin regional disaster resilience. Using a simple, practical "how to" approach, the Guide lists 12 categories of typical "needs" gleaned from lessons learned from previous disasters—natural and man-made (both deliberate and accidental). The Guide recommends short and longer term activities to address these respective preparedness gaps. A website providing examples of Best Practices and Solutions keyed to the recommended activities is currently under development. The aim is to provide users of the Guide the ability to examine and leverage approaches, tools, and technologies already developed to avoid reinventing the wheel and foster standardization across interdependent infrastructures and regions.