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The Need for Regional Resilience and Restoration Strategies


The infrastructure of the United States is the foundation of our security, economy and citizen’s way of life. This complex system of interdependent structures, services and goods serves our needs in a seemingly seamless and perpetual manner. The economy and our infrastructures are interwoven together and share unique interdependencies. According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than half of the nation’s gross domestic product is directly represented by our infrastructures and the overwhelming majority of the nation’s infrastructures are owned and controlled by the private sector. These two facts alone illustrate the important tie between economic and infrastructure protection policy and the need to examine the entire system (public and private) when making restoration decisions.After a disaster or major incident impacting a region’s critical services, our elected officials and emergency managers must make crucial decisions regarding restoration of critical infrastructures on a prioritized basis. Very few, if any, have the