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Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin our society. It provides the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation we use to get to work, and the communications systems we use to talk with family and friends.

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors vital to the national health and safety of the United States:  chemical; commercial facilities; communications; critical manufacturing; dams; defense industrial base; emergency services; energy; financial services; food and agriculture; government facilities; healthcare and public health; information technology; nuclear reactors, materials, and waste; transportation systems; and water and wastewater systems. 

o   Be aware of the threats related to your community, region, or your business sector.

o   Develop emergency plans for your home, business, neighborhood, and community.

o   Have a security plan for your computer and information systems hardware and software.

o   Report suspicious activity to authorities:  If You See Something, Say Something.

o   Have evacuation and shelter-in-place plans, and ensure multiple evacuation routes are available to you. Establish rally points for your family members, co-workers, and neighbors.

o   Exercise your emergency communications plan.