In a rapid response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, federal and state agencies, corporations and professional societies met to discuss how they could collaborate and coordinate to improve the security of the built environment of the United States. In a unanimous conclusion to their meeting, The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) was established as a non-profit partnership to facilitate a forum for advancing practice and policy for the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure. On Nov. 20, 2001, Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, signed the Organizational Charter drafted by the partnership’s steering committee consisting of representatives from the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Associated General Contractors of America, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Facilities Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
TISP exhibited tremendous leadership capabilities early by convincing government officials to include natural hazards—such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, tsunamis and aging deterioration—when considering how best to protect critical infrastructure from destruction and disruption. It also showed great leadership by introducing guidance and recommendations to protect our national transportation systems, air, land and seaports, and dam and levee systems. Among TISP’s most critical achievements is the publication of the 2006 and 2011 editions of the Regional Disaster Resilience Guide, which have been used by federal agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; as well as by states such as Maryland and Washington; by numerous cities and towns; and by regional partnerships such as the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and Great Lakes Hazards Coalition (GLHC). TISP pledges to lead public-and private-sector collaboration that advances the practice and policies of regional and infrastructure resilience to sustain the nation’s resources and the country’s ability to efficiently restore infrastructure when disrupted by any hazard.
TISP membership includes local, regional, state, federal and foreign agencies; professional associations and industry trade groups; engineering, architecture and construction firms; codes and standards organizations; educational institutions and universities; planners and economic developers; infrastructure owners and operators; manufacturers; and service providers, whose collective purpose is related to the security and resiliency of the nation’s built environment. All told, TISP represents nearly two million individuals and firms involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of infrastructure.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) serves as the Secretariat of TISP.
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