Valdez AK All Hazard Emergency Operations Plan

Tectonic developed and implemented an All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the City of Valdez, AK, home to the terminus of the Alaska Alyeska Oil Pipeline, the highest ranking critical infrastructure in the state and the 13th most important nationwide. The All Hazard Assessment included natural and man-made hazards including potential environmental releases from the Alyeska Pipeline and oil tankers transporting crude oil from the southern terminus of the pipeline. Other critical infrastructure evaluted included the city Port facility, municipal facilities as well as the Information Technology systems.

In addition to the preparation of the All Hazards EOP, Tectonic prepared a Needs and Risk Assessment report based on existing resources. As part of this effort, Tectonic reviewed the security vulnerability assessment for the City and evaluated evacuation plans in the event of a catastrophic hazard. The EOP included detailed programs for mitigation, preparedness response and recovery.

The unique locale of this project required the EOP to address rapid communications between the public and other private stakeholders because of the isolated and self-sufficient nature of the City, and the possibility of “short warning” for major hazards such as tsunamis. A tsunami previously inundated “Old Valdez” requiring relocation of the City to its current location.

Northeast Regional Critical Infrastructure Study and Threat Assessment

As part of a statewide effort to institute regional response initiatives to Homeland Security Planning Councils, Tectonic provided services to develop a critical infrastructure inventory; prepared a regional threat assessment; developed recommendations to establish security improvements; evaluated the region’s preparedness to respond to a major disaster and evaluated local emergency operation plans for 85 towns in the northeast region of Massachusetts. Tectonic utilized the prioritization and screening section of the Sandia RAM-C security vulnerability / risk methodology to rank priorities of all critical infrastructure within each sector, then conducted a subsequent, more specific ranking in order to establish the overall priority for implementing security improvements for all infrastructure throughout the 85 municipalities.

Dona Ana County Emergency Operations Plan

Tectonic worked with the Dona Ana County / City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management, Las Cruces, New Mexico to update the Emergency Operations Plan which encompassed the Basic Plan, Hazard Annexes, Emergency Support Functions and the creation of Appendices. The NIMS and FEMA compliant Plan included an All-Hazards approach that defined all potential hazards and the resources necessary to respond. The plan encompassed Dona Ana County / City of Las Cruces, as well as the incorporated participating entities of the City of Sunland Park, Town of Mesilla, the Village of Hatch and New Mexico State University.  Other services included conducting a Table Top Exercise with Corrective Action Report (CAR) and performing workshops for the municipalities and University.

Central Arkansas Water Vulnerability Assessment

Tectonic reviewed, recommended revisions and updated the Utility’s Vulnerability Assessment, Pipeline Assessment and Emergency Response Plans for its facilities within the Central Arkansas Water departments. The key aspect of Tectonic’s approach was to conduct the facility and security equipment assessment that built upon the current security posture of the system. This permitted development of an integrated security enhancement plan that overall, reduced risk and prioritized recommendations for maximum cost effectiveness that can be incorporated into a long-term security strategy for Central Arkansas Water.

Coconino County Emergency Response Plan

Tectonic developed an All Hazard Integrated Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Coconino County, Arizona, the second largest county in the US, larger than the states of New Hampshire and Vermont combined. This project involved not only development of a Regional ERP that was NIMS/NRF and FEMA compliant for Coconino County, but also individual ERPs for the Cities of Flagstaff, Williams, Page, and the Community of Tuba City, as well as Northern Arizona University, Coconino County Community College, and the Flagstaff United School. The ERP consisted of the integration of regional evacuation, special needs, mass facilities, COOP, pandemic flu, hazardous materials response plans, and other management and planning programs.

Additional services included establishing training and exercise programs, based on HSEEP, and the development of a regional communication plan.

Morris County Emergency Management

Tectonic worked with the County of Morris and Northern New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative (NJUASI) Executive Committee to provide qualified professionals in emergency management and homeland security technical assistance to Morris and six other surrounding counties and three cities, including Newark, NJ. Services provided included Planning, Training, Exercises, Administrative and Grant Support and Scope of Service Development for various emergency management projects.

Vulnerability Assessment & Security Enhancement

Tectonic worked with CPS Energy located in San Antonio, TX to develop a Security Master Plan for the energy company’s extensive electrical generation and distribution system. Tectonic’s services encompassed conducting a Security Vulnerability Assessment, development of specifications and comprehensive phased recommendations, development of security system countermeasures, with details on specified types of physical security systems and other recommended strategies for correcting identified vulnerabilities.

Denver Water Dam Security

Tectonic conducted a vulnerability assessment of several dams and its related facilities, including a control house, power plant, intake tunnel and general reservoir access. Several dams had a total heights of over 200 feet and impoundment capacities of over 200,000 acre-feet. Tectonic performed Security Vulnerability Assessments using Sandia RAM for the analysis of dam assets, hydroelectric facility, intake, pump station and access road along the dam crest. With respect to the access road, the mitigation measures which are critical to the safety of the dam, were carefully reviewed for adequate security as well as practicality for public access. Tectonic accomplished this by performing an updated threat assessment to establish the Design Basis Threats.

DC Water Security & Emergency Response Plan

Tectonic performed the Security Vulnerability Assessment and Security Master Planning (SMP) for the DC Water and Wastewater System including Washington, DC and areas of Virginia. This effort included developing a threat assessment, risk analysis and master security plan to establish the Design Basis Threats for a comprehensive Security Assessment of the District’s Water and Wastewater System including the Blue Plains Treatment Facility. Tectonic balanced the overall systems operational issues, with the desire to secure critical assets.