DHS outlines supply chain preparedness
| 07.27.2007 | 09:21:20 | Views: 3418 | ID:
July 27 '07: At a press conference in Los Angeles, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff outlined steps the federal government would take to help private sector businesses and organizations rebound in the event of a large disaster or terrorist attack, the LA Times reported. The plan was unveiled in the 130-page Strategy to Enhance International Supply Chain Security.
According to the LA Times, the new plan "aims to streamline the maze of jurisdictions through which commerce moves, devise a chain of command, and return into service key terminals, bridges, roads, rail lines and pipelines needed to restore the flow of commodities and goods such as crude oil, clothing, car parts and medical supplies."In the report, DHS said that the new plan would help to establish national "protocols for the prioritization of vessels and cargo," as well as identifying "incident management practices specific to trade resumption and ... guidance for the redeployment of resources and personnel." The LA Times cited the 2002 "West Coast port lockout [which] cost the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion a day, and required roughly six months for full recovery." Such a scenario involving a terrorist attack would increase the impact on the country, officials told the LA Times.
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