The DHS Science and Technology Directorate Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division’s (IDD) mission is to advance national preparedness by improving and increasing the nation’s strategic preparedness response to natural and man-made threats through superior situational awareness, emergency response capabilities, and critical infrastructure protection.
IDD develops technology solutions, modeling and simulation tools, and reachback capabilities to improve federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector preparedness for and response to all-hazards events impacting the U.S. population and critical infrastructure. The division also develops the capability to improve preparedness and advance response capabilities to natural and man-made disasters, transforming the ways we protect critical infrastructure and manage disasters.
For example, IDD develops science and technology products across the preparedness spectrum whose capabilities can determine how various scenarios will affect critical infrastructure sectors, they provide decision support tools to guide decision makers in identifying gaps and vulnerabilities, and they develop predictive tools and methods to aid in preparing for and responding to various catastrophes.
Leadership and Organization
Mr. Jalal Mapar is the Acting Director of IDD. The division has three major thrust areas; infrastructure protection, disaster management, and cross-cutting.
Infrastructure Protection Thrust Area
This thrust area identifies, understands, and mitigates all-hazards vulnerabilities of the 18 critical infrastructure sectors identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. This thrust area addresses the requirements of the Office of Infrastructure Protection and supports Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), National Infrastructure Protection Plan, or NIPP, mandated in December 2003 by HSPD-7 and updated in 2009. The NIPP integrates into a single national program a wide range of public and private collaborative efforts to enhance critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
IDD is the lead division within S&T assessing the 18 critical infrastructures including energy, water, and food. Our priorities focus on the interconnections that form a complex critical infrastructure including structural resilience, and protection and mitigation technologies.
Disaster Management Thrust Area
This thrust area supports the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, through improving the preparedness and disaster management response capabilities for federal, state, local, tribal governments, first responders, and the private sector to all-hazard events impacting the U.S. population, critical infrastructure, and the economy.
IDD focuses on mitigating natural hazard detection and preparedness risk. Our priorities are in improving capabilities to anticipate, prepare for, and/or mitigate the impact of catastrophic physical phenomena.
Cross-Cutting Thrust Area
Prioritizing our resources to develop innovative capabilities, IDD supports our partners responsible for both infrastructure protection and disaster management. IDD has overlapping capabilities in situational assessment, modeling and simulation tools, timely information sharing, and exercise and training enhancements.
IDD's primary federal customers are the Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate, specifically the Office of Infrastructure Protection, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These agencies represent end-users including emergency responders; federal, state, and local emergency managers; and critical infrastructure owners and operators.
Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mail Stop 0208
Washington, D.C. 20528