Our regular blogger Robert Fagan announces an international training exercise that looks at whole community resiliene and response planning in the face of threats to lifeline infrastructures.
Long-term power outages are their own serious emergencies with catastrophic secondary and tertiary orders of effects. One key method of preparing and thinking about this can be done through the Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS) Council, which hosts national and international collaboration on resilience and whole community restoration and response planning, addressing severe, national and global scale hazards to lifeline infrastructures.
I highly recommend clicking on the ‘Library’ tab at the top as your first order of business. You’ll be able to see its industry standard conference notes from previous collaboration efforts, along with manuals prepared for various types of events that could be used at the local, state, and national government levels for planning purposes.
However, I believe the real gem of working with EIS is coming up in the form of its annual exercise called Earth/Ex 18 on August 22, 2018.
This event is billed as an: “Interactive all-sector whole-of-world” exercise. The venue is ‘Earth’ and invitees include: “All of humankind, all organisations from all nations.” So, please consider this your invitation to play!
One may choose to participate in any number of languages, including English, Spanish, French, German and Hebrew. No preparation or special industry expertise is required for the exercise. It’s a locally facilitated, come as you are experience.
The facet of this particular exercise that I like in particular is that one may choose to register and participate as an organisation or as an individual. As an out-of-the-box senior level exercise, it provides an opportunity to examine and rehearse critical executive and operational decisions required before a full operational exercise. As an individual (or family or community group), the exercise will help with basic preparations and with planning that can help secure and sustain participants during an extreme disaster.
Some of the scenarios may include, but not be limited to, cyberattacks, extreme weather, electromagnetic pulses (EMP), earthquakes, extreme terrestrial weather, and kinetic attacks on key infrastructure.
All of them will be great learning opportunities.
Train today, live tomorrow. Good luck!
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