From HSToday: 1918 Flu Sheds Light on How COVID-19 Could Affect Critical Infrastructure
Category Archives: Infrastructure
New GAO Report on Critical Infrastructure Protection
Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework Under Development
From Govtech: Pilot Will Look at Cascading Consequences During Disaster. The resiliency plan will focus on how critical infrastructure would continue to function post-disaster, e.g., the study could examine how a wastewater utility would continue operating if it lost its chlorine supplier.
Catastrophic Power Outage Report
From the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, this report (92 pp.) titled Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage; How to Strengthen the Capabilities of the Nation.
Note that Appendix G addresses Lessons Learned from 2017 disasters.
NIST to Study PR Infrastructure Impacts
NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it will study the impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, focusing specifically on the performance of critical buildings and their dependence on distributed infrastructure (such as electricity and water), as well as emergency communications and the public’s response to those communications.
New Tool for Setting Recovery Priorities
Northeastern professor creates new way to help cities recover from disasters
Northeastern Professor Ozlem Ergun has a new tool to prioritize recovery efforts after a city is hit by an earthquake, hurricane or other disaster.
Here is the direct link to the report on Plos: Restoration of services in disrupted infrastructure systems: A network science approach
The Dirty Truth About Disasters
Cities Swimming in Raw Sewage as Hurricanes Overwhelm Systems. Treatment plants unable to cope with influx from Irma, Harvey. Human waste, chemicals sent to waterways by outmatched plants
Climate Change and Its Effects on Infrastructure
U.S. Is Lagging in Infrastructure
The U.S. Has Forgotten How to Do Infrastructure. The nation once built things fast and cheaply. Now experts are puzzled why costs are higher and projects take longer than in other countries. A key explanation:
That suggests that U.S. costs are high due to general inefficiency — inefficient project management, an inefficient government contracting process, and inefficient regulation. It suggests that construction, like health care or asset management or education, is an area where Americans have simply ponied up more and more cash over the years while ignoring the fact that they were getting less and less for their money. To fix the problems choking U.S. construction, reformers are going to have to go through the system and rip out the inefficiencies root and branch.
Securing Critical Sectors
From the HSDL, this account of a new report on critical infrastructure by MIT: Keeping America Safe: Toward More Secure Networks for Critical Sectors