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Critical Infrastructure + Key Resources (CIKR)

Our CIKR Initiative

Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) are owned and operated by the public and private sectors support the delivery of critical and essential services. This is essential to the cities security, public health and safety, and its economic vitality. CIKR includes the assets, systems, networks and functions that provide vital services to the city, state, region and sometimes the nation. Emergencies, natural hazards and terrorist attacks on CIKR could significantly disrupt those activities, produce cascading effects and result in large-scale human suffering, property destruction, economic loss and damage public confidence and morale.

A safe and secure Providence is a shared responsibility. Protecting CIKR and /or minimizing the impacts of an event is essential for making the city safer, more secure and resilient to the threat of any natural or manmade hazard.

Protection includes actions to detect, prevent, deter, or mitigate the effects of such events. This can include a wide range of activities such as improving business protocols, hardening facilities, building resiliency and redundancy, incorporating hazard resistance into initial facility design, initiating active or passive countermeasures, installing security measures, among others.

The Providence Infrastructure Protection Plan (PIPP) draws upon statutory mandated, presidential directives, and federal and state strategies to provide framework for infrastructure protection.

Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sectors

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Energy
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • National Monuments and Icons
  • Banking and Finance
  • Water
  • Chemical
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Dams
  • Emergency Services
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste
  • Information Technology
  • Communications
  • Postal and Shipping
  • Transportation Systems
  • Government Facilities

Sector Resources

Chemical Sector
Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Chemical Sector

Public-Private Partnerships

Building partnerships represents the foundation of the national CIKR protection effort. These partnerships provide a framework to:

  • Exchange ideas, approaches, and best practices;
  • Facilitate security planning and resource allocation;
  • Establish effective coordinating structures among partners;
  • Enhance coordination with the international community; and
  • Build public awareness.

Take the new FEMA Independent Study course IS-660 - Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships.

The Value Propostion

The public-private partnership called for in the NIPP provides the foundation for effective CIKR protection. Prevention, response, mitigation, and recovery efforts are most efficient and effective when there is the full participation of government and industry partners; the mission suffers (e.g., full benefits are not realized) without the robust participation of a wide array of CIKR partners.

The success of the NIPP partnership depends on articulating the benefits to government and the private sector partners. Industry capabilities that add value to the government include:

  • Understanding of CIKR assets, systems, networks, and facilities, and other capabilities through industry ownership and management of a vast majority of CIKR in most sectors;
  • Ability to take action to reduce risk and to respond to and recover from incidents;
  • Ability to innovate and to provide products, services, and technologies to quickly focus on mission needs; and
  • Robust relationships that are useful for sharing and protecting sensitive information regarding threats, vulnerabilities, countermeasures, and best practices.

Credentialing: Identity Management Rhode Island (IM-RI)

PEMA is part of the Identity Management pilot for Rhode Island called Identity Management Rhode Island (IM-RI). The purpose is to develop and deploy an authentication and identification process for all RI first responders and State Emergency Response Officials. The project will use HSPD-12 and FIPS 201 directives as benchmarks for the construction of such a system. It will leverage strategic public-private partnership to lead information management, ID issuance protocols, and developing information systems with secure information storage for statewide PIV-I.

Representation: State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC)

The SLTTGCC serves as a forum to ensure that State, local, and tribal homeland security partners are fully integrated as active participants in national CIKR protection efforts and to provide an organizational structure to coordinate across jurisdictions on State and local government-level CIKR protection guidance, strategies, and programs. The SLTTGCC will provide the State, local, tribal, or territorial perspective or feedback on a wide variety of CIKR issues.

The PEMA Director is an active member on the council.



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