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Regional Resiliency Assessment Program

The Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) an assessment of specific critical infrastructure and a regional analysis of the surrounding infrastructure. The RRAP evaluates critical infrastructure on a regional level to examine vulnerabilities, threats, and potential consequences from an all-hazards perspective, identifying dependencies, interdependencies, cascading effects, resilience characteristics, and gaps. Each year, the Department selects RRAP projects with input and guidance from Federal and State partners. RRAP projects, which are voluntary and non-regulatory, focus on specific infrastructure sectors within geographic areas and address a range of hazards that may have significant regional and national consequences.

Strong partnerships with State, local, territorial, and tribal government officials are vital to the RRAP process. The RRAP relies on engagement and information sharing with Federal agencies, private sector facility owners and operators, law enforcement, emergency response organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders. RRAP projects involve comprehensive, year-long efforts that can incorporate opportunities for valuable information and data exchanges, including voluntary facility vulnerability assessments and security surveys, first responder capability assessments, targeted studies and modeling, and subject matter expert workshops.

The RRAP evolved from previous Department of Homeland Security initiatives focused on the protection of high-consequence clusters of critical infrastructure. In 2009, DHS began addressing broader, more regionally-based issues through the RRAP. The RRAP focuses on sectors such as energy, transportation, water and wastewater, commercial facilities
 

Purpose

The goal of the RRAP is to mitigate the Nation’s risk of loss of life and physical and economic damage from natural and manmade hazards. This goal is achieved by:

  • Assessing critical infrastructure on a regional level, focusing on threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences from an all-hazards perspective.
  • Identifying critical dependencies, interdependencies, cascading effects, and resilience characteristics and gaps.
  • Assessing the status of the integrated preparedness and protection capabilities of critical infrastructure owners and operators, local law enforcement, and emergency response organizations.
  • Coordinating protection and response efforts to enhance resilience and address security gaps within the geographic region.

RRAP projects may include:

  • Site Assistance Visits
  • Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Security Surveys
  • Computer Based Assessment Tool Imagery Captures
  • Cyber Resiliency Reviews / Cybersecurity Evaluation Tool
  • Geospatial Products
  • RRAP Workshop or Utilities Meeting
  • Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning Workshop
  • National Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD) Assessment
  • National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center Modeling
  • Risk Mitigation and Awareness Training

Outcome

Each RRAP produces a Resiliency Assessment report centered around a set of key findings.  Key findings concentrate on regionally significant issues tied to the RRAP focus and present options for consideration for enhanced resilience.  Key findings are reviewed by RRAP participants prior to publication, can be used as a model for resilience improvements in similar situations beyond the immediate project, and serve as the basis for follow-up activities. Facility owners and operators, regional organizations, and government agencies use the Resiliency Assessment and key findings to guide strategic investments in equipment, planning, training, and resources to enhance the resilience and protection of facilities, surrounding communities, and entire regions.

Fiscal Year 2014 RRAP Projects

Ten RRAPs will be conducted in fiscal year 2014:

  1. Alaska (Cross Border, Phase I)
  2. California
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Columbia Basin (Phase II)
  5. Florida
  6. Hawaii
  7. Maine
  8. Mobile, AL
  9. New Jersey
  10. Savannah, GA

By e-mail:

resilience@dhs.gov

Last Published Date: September 8, 2014
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