Critical Infrastructure Report
For this assignment, you will complete the following:
• Choose a potential critical infrastructure that could be impacted in the U.S. by a terrorist event in your location or a high risk area within your state.
• Start with the following question; what might this attack look like? Then determine a single problem for which you can make a decision.
During an event of this magnitude, so much information is communicated to the press and the local and state officials, and sometimes, these reports can conflict. You need to learn to prioritize and decipher this information in order to make appropriate decisions.
Once you find an appropriate problem, you need to determine your course of action. This next step needs to be as specific as possible. If you are vague in your directions, your team will not know what to do, and this can potentially hinder Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism team 3 and the efficiency of the local Emergency Operations Center (EOC). For example, what waterways may be contaminated, what areas of technology may have been impacted, and what type of attack has been initiated?
Finally, you need to determine what you need to perform the action. This is usually in the form of equipment, communications, personnel power, and the ability to gain further resources from outlying areas. For example, to search the immediate location you need X amount of people with X equipment (radios, protective gear, flashlights, etc.) to investigate where the possible attack may have taken place. You need to make sure the request is specific enough so that every team member knows his or her place, and there are no lingering questions.
Once you identify the problem (based on the readings from this week), create a two- page report on the chosen problem, your action plan (actionable item), and the resources you need to do it. Be as specific as possible when you explain the possible actions and procedures. This is a useful opportunity for to build your knowledge base and develop critical thinking skills.