Posted by the Office of Public Affairs
Today, the Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada announced the release of the Consideration for United States – Canada Border Traffic Disruption Management guide. The guide, developed jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Public Safety Canada (PS), fulfills one of the first commitments under the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan – a shared approach to security in which both countries are working together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel. The guide provides a planning framework for managing the flow of traffic near the border during a disruption caused by an event or incident. It is the result of close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including private sector representatives and government officials from the local, state, and provincial/territorial level. The guide outlines best practices and identifies critical issues to consider when developing or updating traffic management plans to ensure they are tailored to address regional requirements and individual border crossings. The guide provides specific actions and questions for stakeholders in the areas of:
· communications and information management;
· resource management;
· command and management; and
· on-going management and maintenance.
As a next step, DHS and Public Safety Canada officials will engage with regional authorities to adapt the guide to specific points of entry and conduct cross-border regional exercises. DHS and PS will report annually on the percentage of priority border crossings that are covered by a regional plan and validated through an exercise.