Update from the 
Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Upcoming Events
Join us for a regional discussion of current cyber threats, common challenges with access and managing complex data, and expanding your understanding of regional inter-dependencies in the context of cyber security.
April 1 - 2
Auburn, Wash.

Supply Chain Workshop - Regional Fuel Distribution


The next scheduled Supply Chain Workshop is one that will provide information on the petroleum fuel distribution system in Western Washington.   Attending this workshop will provide public and private sector attendees with information on how they might be individually impacted during disasters and what role they can play in the recovery process for the region. Emergency fuel distribution planning will be another topic on the agenda.


March 26 

Doubletree Hotel Southcenter



Other Upcoming Partner Events



April 22 - 24: The Partners in Preparedness Conference is being held again at the Tacoma Convention Center. This is the premier emergency management conference held in the Pacific Northwest, averaging 600 attendees. Register

early before February 28th (or 300 people register, whichever comes first) and save $105.00.


May 1: The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) has been told that the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection, is intending to hold a Supply Chain Security Workshop here in this region. No further information on this event was available at the time of publication of this CRDR Update.


May 8: Emergency Management Magazine is once again hosting an Emergency Management Summit

in Seattle. Watch for more information on registering for this event. Note: registration is free to public sector professionals and non-profit organizations.

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Introducing the CRDR's new logo

You've probably been to one of our emergency management and homeland security events in the past and believe it to be put on by the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER). This is true, but in actuality, the work is part of the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) which is a sub-element of PNWER. 

In order to better highlight the work of the CRDR, we have a new and separate logo that you will begin seeing more through our CRDR activities and events.

The logo above reflects the dual-nation status of PNWER and the cross-border emphasis that makes PNWER such a unique organization here in North America. Admittedly, the majority of work done by the CRDR has been on the U.S. side of the border, but we hope to promote more cross-border emergency management and homeland security activities, like the Northwest Maritime Resumption Planning we recently facilitated. 

You will be seeing more of the logo in the months to come, and we look forward to working with you no matter which side of the border you are on.

Networking Reception for Emergency Managers and Business Continuity Professionals

The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) coordinated a Networking Reception on January 30th.  This event was sponsored by three organizations: BERK Consulting, Moffatt Nichol, and Emergency Management Magazine.

 Over 100 people attended this two-hour event held at One Union Square. An informal program gave participants a chance to mingle and enjoy refreshments while the sponsoring companies gave short introductions. Feedback on the event was positive, emphasizing what a great gathering it was for public and private organizations and leaders in their respective fields. 

Everyone was appreciative of the sponsors providing the space and refreshments for their enjoyment.   


Numerous people have inquired since the event if we'll be coordinating another one like it for next year - we hope to do so!  

Regional Maritime Disaster Recovery Exercise

Rear Admiral Richard T. Gromlich, Commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, gave remarks at the exercise.

The capstone exercise for the Regional Maritime Disaster Recovery Exercise was held at the Tacoma Convention Center on February 12th. This exercise focused solely on the recovery of the maritime transportation system. The scenario used for the exercise started at 30 days following a Seattle Fault Earthquake. Five breakout groups were established with attendees participating in groups centered on the Ports of Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett, as well as a State and Federal breakout group of participants.


One new aspect of this exercise was the incorporation of an economic model that looked at the dollar and cents impact of a disaster and how the bottom line of the port operations were being impacted by the decisions being made by the exercise participants in each port breakout group. 


The next and final step in completing this United States Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound project is the development of a maritime transportation annex to the Regional Transportation Disaster Recovery Plan that was funded earlier via a separate grant provided by the Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant (RCPG) administered by the City of Seattle for an eight county region.


The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience participated in the design and conduct of this exercise as part of a larger team lead by DYNAMIS Consulting, which is headquartered in Virginia.

Supply Chain Workshop: Washington State Re-entry Pass System

The Center is coordinating a series of workshops for a Supply Chain Resilience Project associated with the work of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant (RCPG) work that is being coordinated by Seattle's Office of Emergency Management. 


The last workshop, held on January 29th, was on the Washington State Re-entry Pass System. Jeff Parsons, Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) briefed the pass system to over 50 attendees representing both the public and private sectors. There were energetic discussions about the topic in the tabletop breakout sessions following the presentation. Washington State EMD has been working to establish a state system for the last two years and has coordinated with a wide variety of professional associations and state agencies. State EMD appreciated the feedback that was provided.


It is events like this one that foster a better understanding of the public-private sector interface that is never quite as simple as we'd like it to be.