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Commercial Facilities Sector

Commercial Facilities Sector

Facilities associated with the Commercial Facilities Sector operate on the principle of open public access, meaning that the general public can move freely throughout these facilities without the deterrent of highly visible security barriers. The majority of the facilities in this sector are privately owned and operated, with minimal interaction with the federal government and other regulatory entities.

The Commercial Facilities Sector consists of eight subsectors:

  • Public Assembly (e.g., arenas, stadiums, aquariums, zoos, museums, convention centers).
  • Sports Leagues (e.g., professional sports leagues and federations).
  • Gaming (e.g., casinos).
  • Lodging (e.g., hotels, motels, conference centers).
  • Outdoor Events (e.g., theme and amusement parks, fairs, campgrounds, parades).
  • Entertainment and Media (e.g., motion picture studios, broadcast media).
  • Real Estate (e.g., office and apartment buildings, condominiums, mixed use facilities, self-storage).
  • Retail (e.g., retail centers and districts, shopping malls).

Sector-Specific Plan

The Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Plan (PDF, 174 pages - 1.46 MB) details how the 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan's risk management framework is implemented within the context of the unique characteristics and risk landscape of the sector. Each Sector-Specific Agency develops a sector-specific plan through a coordinated effort involving its public and private sector partners. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Commercial Facilities Sector.

Sector Resources

This page includes videos to help you identify and report suspicious behavior and activity, information on Active Shooter Preparedness, and other Commercial Facilities publications.

Sector Training

This page has a listing of Commercial Facility trainings that will better prepare both the private and public sector to identify suspicious behavior and respond to a disruptive event.

Last Published Date: August 20, 2014
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