Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. The Critical Infrastructure Sectors as defined US Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Emergency Services (DES) manages the State of North Dakota’s Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP). North Dakota’s CIP includes all of the following:
- Implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
- Performing critical infrastructure all-hazards risk assessments
- Advising elected and appointed officials on development of protection plans for natural and man-made disasters
- Conducting special events risk assessments
- Establishing and maintaining partnerships with private and public safety partners at the local, state, and federal level
- Providing training to public safety partners and employees of CIP
- Responding to critical incidents and developing after-action plans to prevent future incidents along with creating customized pre-incident action plans.
- Promoting a robust information sharing environment among all stakeholders
- Cataloging Infrastructure within the state for mitigation and planning purposes
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services serves as North Dakota’s primary point of contact on critical infrastructure protection through its Critical Infrastructure Program Manager assigned to the NDSLIC.