Infrastructure Protection Policy Reports Archive

Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF)

June 07, 2012

The legacy missions of public health and emergency management must be synchronized for disaster preparedness and response efforts to be effective. To achieve this goal, stakeholders within these fields must work together to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing manmade and natural disasters.

Operationalizing Resilience: A Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required (PDF)

October 13, 2011

A systems-based approach will allow the frameworks to account for the interdependencies among the homeland security mission areas, recognize the relationships between “hard” and “soft” resilience, and drive preparedness investments towards better optimization.

Regionalizing Homeland Security: Unifying National Preparedness and Response (PDF)

June 30, 2006

Hurricane Katrina exposed serious flaws in our nation’s capability for responding effectively to catastrophic disasters, whether natural or man made...Preparedness—the realm of activities that must occur before an incident, such as planning, training, exercising, and resourcing—must be integrated at the regional level with response—those activities that must occur as an incident unfolds.

Empowering America: A Proposal for Enhancing Regional Preparedness (PDF)

April 06, 2006

This report, written by a task force of scholars organized by The Heritage Foundation and HSPI, focuses on regional preparedness. Regional preparedness is crucial to building a national response system that allows local communities, states, and the federal government to work together to make sure that the right resources get to the right place at the right time to do the right thing during a catastrophic disaster.

Back to the Future: An Agenda for Federal Leadership of Emergency Medical Services (PDF)

May 02, 2005

America’s first responders proudly serve their communities by responding thousands of times daily to calls for help from the citizens they serve...However, even in a post-9/11 environment, a fundamental component of the first responder community— Emergency Medical Services (EMS)—is a missing piece of the preparedness puzzle.

Combating Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism: A Comprehensive Strategy (Purchase Book)

May 21, 2001

The time has come for a cold-eyed assessment and evaluation based on program reviews and other measures of effectiveness. This report offers such an assessment, providing a road map of near- and long-term priorities for senior federal officials to marshal federal, state, local, private sector, and nongovernmental resources for defending the U.S. homeland against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism.

Cyber Threats and Information Security: Meeting the 21st Century Challenge

May 21, 2001

Security measures against cyber threats are insufficient throughout both government and the private sector. To counter the cyber threats of the future, the United States must develop a comprehensive response policy for thwarting all attacks on national infrastructures and assets -- be they within or outside of U.S. borders.