All Hazards Consortium
Tom Moran, Vice Chair of the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council, serves as the Executive Director for the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) and was part of the foundational efforts which lead to the AHC’s incorporation in 2005. His role is to support the Board of Directors and the member states in the areas of strategy, operations, policy development, and integrated regional planning between states, federal agencies and private sector owner/operators.
The All Hazards Consortium (AHC) is a 501c3 non-profit, guided by the regional states of NC, DC, MD, VA, WV, DE, PA, NJ and NY, along with the urban areas of New York City, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. Its role is to facilitate multi-state collaboration efforts that result in coordinated planning, investments, research, projects, and the creation of new partnerships and resources for member States and UASIs (urban areas that are part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program from DHS). The ACH was formed in 2005 out of an identified need to improve collaboration and the conduct of joint resilience-based initiatives among States and regional stakeholders from government, private sector, academia, and non-profit/volunteer organizations.
Over the past five years, the AHC has developed a process to identify multi-State and multi-UASI requirements and facilitate education, collaboration, and funding to bring about solutions that meet regional needs. Regional workshops are an important part of this process and bring regional stakeholders together in a face-to-face environment to meet and discuss critical challenges. These workshops build key relationships across the region that lead to trusted information sharing and ultimately, effective results.
Through these workshops, the AHC acts as a neutral and trusted facilitator by identifying key people and issues in each State and providing a forum at the regional level to discuss challenges and solutions, generate in-kind contributions, coordinate public-private investments, generate projects, and facilitate discussions that can lead to further regional collaboration. This process has produced lasting results that include: seven Regional Workshops/Reports/Studies, Regional Webinars, Resources Raised, Regional Planning/Projects/Policy, Governance Structures, Partnerships, Regional Charters, Regional Agreements, Pilot Projects, Exercises, and Training.
To date, the AHC has hosted several regional workshops to bring its member States together to discuss critical issues and needs within a particular topic area (e.g., Fusion Center, Interoperability, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Geographic Information Systems, Evacuation Planning, Ports and Transportation). Guided and designed by government, these workshops attempt to identify common State needs, requirements, and recommendations. They are sponsored and hosted by a single State or multiple States and are facilitated by the AHC.
The Regional Ports Security Workshop held in October 2009 is an example of a successful AHC workshop. This workshop was produced in partnership with DHS/FEMA, DHS IP, the SLTTGCC, and the RCCC as part of a strategy to increase awareness of the SLTTGCC/RCCC and begin to produce joint critical infrastructure and key resources related projects that all states, UASIs, and critical infrastructure operators can utilize in their efforts that promote resiliency and the NIPP. The workshop participants, which occurred in Hunt Valley, Maryland, brought together Federal, State, local, and private sector stakeholders from across the Mid-Atlantic region, to discuss shared issues related to port security.
The workshop was co-hosted by the State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Government Coordinating Council, Regional Partnerships Working Group; the State of Maryland and its host agencies; and private sector partners. Representatives from DHS and regional port associations played a prominent role in panel discussions and participation. The workshop focused on a variety of topics designed to educate attendees on port security from a regional critical infrastructure perspective and captured a “multi-State snapshot” of key topics to the region’s ports (coastal and inland) from several perspectives.