Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the following remarks at the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference, Fire Rescue International, in San Antonio, Texas.
Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the following remarks for the 11th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships conference in Washington, DC.
The Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T’s) Critical Infrastructure Resilience activities aim to improve understanding of the effects of EMP/GMD events on communications infrastructure and drive research activities to provide practical, data-driven, specific, and actionable information, concepts, techniques, technologies, and tools to critical infrastructure owners and operators to potentially mitigate the impact of and/or recover from EMP/GMD events. To address GPS vulnerabilities the Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Program has a multi-pronged approach of conducting vulnerability and impact assessments, developing mitigations, exploring complementary timing technologies, and engaging with industry through outreach events and meetings. Through these sustained efforts, the goal of the program is to increase the resiliency of critical infrastructure to GPS vulnerabilities in the future.
Flooding continues to be an important concern due to an increase in the number of flooding events and the associated personal and financial costs borne by residents and communities across the country. Multiple independent studies have reached the same conclusion: flooding causes more death and destruction than any other natural disaster. Recognizing the impact of these studies, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is conducting evaluation research to better understand threats to public safety following flooding.
Series 4 highlights how S&T is accelerating technology development and enhancing security to keep our nation moving forward.
S&T’s First Responder/Disaster Resilience R&D includes working with DHS Components and regional partners to identify hazards, assess vulnerabilities, and develop strategies to manage risks.