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1 Alison Belcher Houston UASI Mel Bartis Houston RCPI HOUSTON UASI AND RCPI A LOCAL-REGIONAL APPROACH TO THIRA 1

2  History of risk/capability analysis in Houston region  Benefits of a regional THIRA  What we hope to accomplish with a regional THIRA  Proposed regional THIRA process  Potential integration with State of Texas THIRA  Benefits  Challenges OVERVIEW 2

3  Since 2003, the Houston Region has done at least 5 separate comprehensive threat analyses, capability assessments, and risk assessments  Most recent capability and risk assessments in 2009/10 (RCPGP)  Assisted us in determining our RCPG planning baseline  Prioritized hazards and capability gaps for planning  Identified local and regional strengths and weaknesses  Informed the prioritization of funds for UASI  H-GAC and local jurisdiction Mitigation Action Plans  Hazard identification  Hazard analysis  Risk assessment PAST THREAT, RISK, AND CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT EFFORTS 3

4 4 FINDINGS Digital Sandbox, January 2010

5 5 FINDINGS Digital Sandbox, January 2010

6 6 FINDINGS CNA, September 2009

7  PHEP Grant Requirement – Houston Health Department is the Texas lead agency for development of the new Texas Public Health Risk Assessment Tool  Multi-jurisdictional collaborative with State, Regional, County, Local, academic, public health, emergency management, health care systems, and mental health systems representatives participating in its design and development  The first version of the tool has been released for statewide use for all PHEP funded LHD and regional health department jurisdictions  Developers are reviewing CPG 201 to see potential links w/ emergency management and homeland security partners  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/commprep/phep/program.aspx http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/commprep/phep/program.aspx CURRENT RISK AND CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT EFFORTS 7

8  Important contributions to the region’s existing risk management program.  Already a “quasi-requirement” of RCPGP … suspect it might be for FY2013 UASI.  Change the focus of capabilities from target to core – making it easier to update the regional strategy in the fall. BENEFITS OF A REGIONAL THIRA 8

9  Better visibility of our gaps  Create a more informed process to steer future projects  Assist/inform state’s efforts in their THIRA and with the SPR WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH A REGIONAL THIRA 9

10 To merge our existing risk and capability data with the FEMA THIRA process to deliver an assessment of practical value to our region. HOUSTON REGION’S PLAN FOR THIRA 10 Mitigation- related assessments Fusion/LE/CI KR assessments Public health assessments Local Jurisdiction assessments Regional risk assessments Regional capability assessments Private- sector risk assessments THIRA

11  Our process will involve multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional collaboration  We will engage relevant preparedness stakeholders (including private sector partners and other whole community partners) OUR STRATEGY 11

12  Review the region’s existing threat and hazard identification results, plans and assessments  Mitigation Plan for H-GAC, RCPG Risk and Capability Assessments, etc.  Outcome of Step 1:  List natural, technological, and human-caused threats and hazards that are of greatest concern to our region PROCESS – STEP 1 12 CNA & Digital Sandbox, May 2012

13  Provide context to list of threats and hazards related to their impact to our region.  Outcome of Step 2:  Threat and hazard descriptions tied to the Houston region’s critical infrastructure and population profiles. PROCESS – STEP 2 13 CNA & Digital Sandbox, May 2012

14  Define, using core capabilities, the impacts each threat/hazard will have on our region and our desired outcomes.  Build matrix that aligns the threats and hazards with each of the capabilities & consequences for our region.  Outcome of Step 3:  Create the list of desired outcomes and impacts for core capabilities. PROCESS – STEP 3 14 CNA & Digital Sandbox, May 2012

15  Establish capability targets that tie together our estimated impacts and desired outcomes.  Outcome of Step 4:  Create the list of capability targets. PROCESS – STEP 4 15 CNA & Digital Sandbox, May 2012

16  Build summary report for UASI and RCPG regions, and executive summary for State of Texas  Outcome of Step 5:  Completed Houston Regional THIRA (RCPG and UASI regions). PROCESS – STEP 5 16 CNA & Digital Sandbox, May 2012

17  Benefits:  Provides a local/urban area geographic context to the THIRA  Provides the same “sheet of music” – if we’re all using the same process, it eases collaboration  State and FEMA Region VI will receive a closer snapshot of analysis for the Houston Urban Area  It’s the right thing to do – we need to understand our own risks, capabilities, and gaps to continue moving forward with our homeland security strategies INTEGRATION WITH STATE OF TEXAS THIRA 17

18  Challenges:  With a state as large and diverse as Texas, how do you truly capture the threats and hazards of concern?  Want to avoid “too many cooks in the kitchen” while still informing the process  Timeline may not allow for thorough integration of local THIRAs with state THIRA INTEGRATION WITH STATE OF TEXAS THIRA 18

19 Alison Belcher Lead UASI Planner 832-393-0928 alison.belcher@houstontx.gov Mel Bartis Houston RCPI Program Manager 832-393-0917 melanie.bartis@houstontx.gov QUESTIONS? 19


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