Analysis and Integration Branch Chief, FEMA Region II
WORKSHOP: Long-Term Power Outage Continuity of Operations (PART 1)
This hands-on, interactive, three-hour workshop promotes preparedness among public and private entities when faced with a long-term power outage caused by a cyber-attack.
The National Preparedness goal describes what it means for the U.S. to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies, including the possibility of a cyber-attack aimed at our nation’s infrastructure. In May, the President signed an executive order on cybersecurity designed to protect critical infrastructure, including the national power grid. Large-scale power outages are not a new concern for emergency managers. A December 2016 power outage in Ukraine linked to a cyber-attack.
An organization’s ability to perform its essential functions is based on key elements of leadership, staff, communications, and facilities. When faced with a prolonged power outage, lasting several weeks, will public and private continuity plans allow organizations to continue to provide these essential functions? This workshop will present participants with the opportunity to examine plans and procedures to discover the ability to sustain operations.