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State Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Program

April 26, 2022. Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Stephen F. Logan, Hawai‘i Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, Maj. Gen. Mark A Hashimoto (USINDOPACOM), and Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr. participate in the OHS (Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Workshop), along with over 75 key infrastructure and federal partners.

Reliable and uninterrupted functioning of our state’s critical infrastructure is a foundation of our communities. Defined by the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2001 and reiterated in The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), critical infrastructure  is “Systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.” 

The Office of Homeland Security (OHS) is committed to its mission to Resolutely safeguard the people of Hawaiʻi, our community values, and our homeland,” to include through the Hawaiʻi State Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Program. This program prioritizes open communication and partner-to-partner collaboration with critical infrastructure entities and stakeholders at all levels to advance, strengthen, and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. 

Using a holistic approach to risk management and vulnerability mitigation, the Hawaiʻi State Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Program provides critical infrastructure entities and stakeholders with guidance, resources, and opportunities for: 

  • Planning partnerships to enhance sector-specific and cross-sector security and resiliency; 
  • Securing and protecting soft targets and crowded places  through targeted mitigation and risk management approaches;  
  • Preventing terrorism and targeted violence utilizing proactive measures that enhance protective capabilities and capacity;
  • Collaborating and coordinating to enhance asset protection, improve communications, and increase situational awareness; and 
  • Resourcing risk/vulnerability assessments, protective actions, and security investments through relevant Federal Grant Programs.

Hawaii Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Guide

Critical Infrastructure Sectors 

The Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21):  Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience mandated an update to The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), which came to establish the following 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors in the US:     
Chemical  Dams  Financial Services  Information Technology 
Commercial Facilities  Defense Industrial Base  Food & Agriculture  Nuclear Reactors, Materials & Waste 
Communications  Emergency Services  Governmental Facilities  Transportation Systems 
Critical Manufacturing  Energy  Healthcare & Public Health  Water & Wastewater Systems 


Community Lifelines 

The Community Lifelines concept was born as a result of the numerous unprecedented multi–billion-dollar disasters that occurred in 2017 and 2018. The concept is a framework for incident management that provides emergency managers with a reporting structure for establishing incident stabilization.  FEMA has identified seven Community Lifelines:  
Safety and Security  Communications  Food, Water, Sheltering  Transportation 
Health and Medical  Hazardous Materials  Energy (Power & Fuel) 
Lifeline functions contain capabilities that are essential for human health, safety, and security.  Any disruption or loss to these functions will not only disrupt day-to-day functioning but will impact our critical infrastructure across numerous sectors. 

If you feel your organization fall under one of these Critical Infrastructure Sectors or Community Lifelines, please contact OHS’s Plans and Operations Branch Chief  at jimmie.l.[email protected] for additional information and opportunities. 

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