Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection
The Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection is an internationally recognized organization that coalesces the eighteen nationally understood private-public sectors of critical infrastructure into a pro-active partnership. Our cooperative system remains one of the most excellent examples of the regional application of critical infrastructure interaction between the private and public sectors.
Upon inception in 2005, the hallmark of APIP has been the private and public sector’s direct connection to the State Emergency Operations Center, which now includes the membership Rapid Alert System during a statewide emergency. Culmination through communication is and has been the lasting legacy of APIP. “Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts”. The most vital revelation of APIP’s foundation is cooperation. Part of the passion inherent to our partnership comes with its constant acknowledgment of our mission purpose: to maintain the continuity of a prosperous Alaska, amidst the threat or occurrence of disaster.
Alaska is globally known for its vast natural resources and strategic location, and therefore engenders national attention. With its diverse partnership of global corporations, Alaskan companies, and government agencies, APIP recognizes this responsibility and serves to continue its forward momentum in designing services and strategies for state infrastructure resliency.
The goals of APIP are to improve collaboration and interoperability between the public (municipal, state & federal) and private sectors by implementing the following objectives:
- Present, train, and recommend pertinent information and outreach to all membership entities such as: Information Sharing, Information Management, Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP), Cyber-Security Awareness, and Resource Management.
- Increasing APIP partnership statewide.
- Conduct various types of exercises that highlight sector interdependencies.
- Encourage information sharing and information management by CIKR stakeholders.
- Provide a planning environment for critical infrastructure resource holders.
In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management assisted in the facilitation of the consolidation of several already functioning state task forces. These task forces consisted of both private and public groups whose focus were sector specific in regard to Infrastructure protection. Through coordination by the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources section of DHS&EM, the Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection was formed.
In short, APIP is a public-private partnership established to address any type of all-hazards disruptions whether natural or man-made to critical infrastructures through an integrated team approach. The partnership works to integrate the private sector critical infrastructure owners into the municipal, state, and federal emergency preparedness process and to the degree possible, collects and maintains accurate data for emergency response contingencies. APIP is made up of private and public partners from a variety of organizations comprised of the following Alaska specific sectors:
- Information Technology
- Emergency Services
- Agriculture/Food & Beverage
- Government – Federal, State, Local
- Water & Waste Water Systems
- Postal and Shipping