Check out our November Newsletter. Our member spotlight this month is SouthEast Emergency Response Network (SEERN).
Private Sector, State and Local Tribal, and the Federal Family.
How and when was your partnership formed?
Originally formed in 2004 under the HSIN-CI program by the first DHS Secretary, Tom Ridge. There were four Emergency Response Network pilots started across the country: Texas (SWERN), Seattle (NW WARN), Indiana (IAN), and the SouthEast (SEERN).
What three words or phrases would you use to describe your partnership?
Continuing our homeland security mission in events and exercises, by engaging in real-time street-level, information sharing.
What are the future goals for your partnership?
Driving cybersecurity outreach and understanding across the nation & Federal, State, Local & private sector enterprise. The nation is way behind the curve as it relates to cybersecurity and we want to use our success in the physical security to enhance the Cyber Common Operating Picture (COP).
How has your partnership advanced critical infrastructure protection in your community?
SEERN has been heavily involved with National Level Exercises (NLE’s), as well as most recently leading an after action for the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. SEERN is also proud of its (and RC3’s) contributions working with Kentucky Emergency Management on its private sector outreach efforts. SEERN has long provided real-time information & alerts to numerous Fusion Centers.
What is one of the biggest challenges that you have as a public/private partnership?
Because of the economy, public/private partnerships are trying to find a new normal. Most organizations, both public & private, are watching their budgets and not the enemy & how they have changed their tactics.
Further, the Federal Government has hired more people since 2004 (i.e., PSAs, Regional Directors, Defense Coordination Officers (DoD) and most recently, FEMA Regional liaisons); and this means more Federal officials to coordinate with in any given region.
Who is your representative to the RC3?
Ian Hay, President, SEERN
How can members contact you?
SEERN can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and through its LinkedIn page.