Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, observed in the month of November, builds awareness and appreciation of the importance of critical infrastructure and reaffirms the nationwide commitment to keep our critical infrastructure and our communities safe and secure. Securing the nation's infrastructure is a national priority that requires planning and coordination across the entire community.
DHS has released for public comment a draft of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), which describes a nationwide approach to cyber incidents; the important role that private sector entities, States, and multiple Federal agencies play in responding to cyber incidents; and how those activities all fit together. This plan was developed by DHS along with representatives from other Federal government agencies, State and local governments, and critical infrastructure owners and operators from a variety of sectors.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
Cyberattacks pose a significant threat to our critical infrastructure and national security. Our Nation’s critical infrastructure systems—including transportation, communication, and power grids—all rely heavily on online networks that are vulnerable to cyber threats. Many of the defenses critical infrastructure owners and operators use to protect their systems are outdated or ineffective, making it imperative that we prioritize improving the resiliency of our essential systems. Throughout NCSAM in October and into Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month in November, DHS is committed to raising awareness for the importance of strengthening our Nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.
FEMA announced the annual funding opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Fiscal Year 2016 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire-related deaths and hazards.
The unique characteristics of children dictate the need for school-based all-hazards response plans during natural disasters, emerging infectious diseases, and terrorism. Schools are a critical community institution serving a vulnerable population that must be accounted for in public health preparedness plans; prepared schools are adopting policies and plans for crisis preparedness, response, and recovery. The importance of having such plans in place is underscored by the development of a new Healthy People 2020 objective (PREP-5) to “increase the percentage of school districts that require schools to include specific topics in their crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plans”. Because decisions about such plans are usually made at the school district level, it is important to examine district-level policies and practices.
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