Infrastructure Development and Recovery Program

Collage of various critical infrastructure: chemical tanks, harvester in a wheat field, Mount Rushmore, nuclear power plant, robot at a manufacturing plant, and barge full of shipping containers at a port..The critical infrastructure upon which communities rely every day faces a vast array of ever-evolving threats, from terrorist attacks and cyber intrusions, to extreme weather and deferred maintenance. Investing in critical infrastructure that can withstand and quickly recover from any and all threats is essential to maintaining our nation’s economy, security, and health.

The Infrastructure Security Division's Infrastructure Development and Recovery (IDR) program works with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government officials and infrastructure owners and operators to plan, design, and implement solutions that enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against a variety of threats. Through the program, CISA provides:

  • A holistic, long-term approach to incorporating security and resilience measures into infrastructure investment  and recovery decisions
  • Community planning tools and decision guides for developing and investing in resilient solutions for new and aging infrastructure
  • Technical assistance and training from a network of subject matter experts across the fields of planning, cybersecurity, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and social sciences
  • Field support following disasters—such as post-incident assessments and technical assistance—that aid long-term recovery, planning, and mitigation measures for infrastructure systems in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other interagency partners
  • Coordinated programs and information for incorporating security and resilience into planning, design, construction, and maintenance of critical infrastructure

The IDR program recently released the Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework and a supplemental resource, the Infrastructure Dependency Primer.

Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework

Because state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are faced with complex long-term decisions, uncertainties, limited sources of revenue, and changing populations, the program developed the Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework as a resource for State, local, tribal, and territorial planners. The IRPF provides a process and a series of tools and resources for incorporating critical infrastructure resilience considerations into planning activities. The IRPF can be used to support capital improvement plans, hazard mitigation plans, or other planning documents, as well as funding requests. The guide can be used with or without IDR assistance by local and regional planning and development organizations. 

Infrastructure Dependency Primer

A foundational understanding of critical infrastructure dependencies and how to plan with them in mind is key to the resilience of communities across the Nation.  For this reason, the IDR developed the Infrastructure Dependency Primer (IDP), an online educational resource to help state, local, tribal, and territorial planners and decisionmakers better understand how infrastructure dependencies can impact community risk and resilience and how they can incorporate that knowledge into ongoing community planning.  The IDP is a supplement to CISA’s recently published Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework (IRPF) and aims to answer fundamental questions planners and decisionmakers may have, including:

  • What are infrastructure dependencies and why should I care?
  • What is resilience, how does it relate to dependencies, and how do I plan for it?
  • What resources are there to help me reduce dependency risks and enhance the resilience of my community?

This online educational resource is publicly accessible and meant to be independently explored by users based on their interests and needs.  No prerequisite training or knowledge is needed to benefit from IDP content.

Drought Guide

The Drought and Infrastructure: A Planning Guide (Drought Guide) was developed with the National Drought Resilience Partnership (Partners | for localities and infrastructure owners and operators as a quick guide to drought forecasts and to consider how drought can affect infrastructure operations and provide mitigation planning tools.

What Is Our Approach to Infrastructure Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to prepare for, withstand, adapt to, and rapidly recover from changing conditions and acute disruptions (Presidential Policy Directive 21)As communities design, build, update, or retrofit their critical infrastructure, it is important to consider the entire lifecycle of an investment, including demographic changes, interdependencies with other infrastructure systems, immediate and long-term risks, potential disruptions, and the consequences of those disruptions on economies, public health, and well-being. Because many of these critical infrastructure systems that rely on one another are owned and operated by a network of public and private organizations, the need to work together when considering the consequences of potential disruptions and failures are increasingly important in today’s interconnected world. For example, a failure in energy transmission can have cascading effects on transportation safety, water supplies, hospitals, businesses, and community services.

The IDR Program offers an interdisciplinary and partnership-based approach that incorporates resilience strategies and policies into all phases of critical infrastructure planning, design, construction, and maintenance. This holistic approach helps public and private owners and operators, and state, local, tribal, and territorial planners and policy makers effectively prioritize and integrate resilience measures into policies, plans, designs, and operational procedures. An infrastructure investment may need to last 60 years or more, and the lifecycle cost for infrastructure is significantly greater when risk mitigation measures are incorporated after development and construction.

How Does the IDR Program Support Resilient Infrastructure Design?

Before resilient infrastructure can be constructed, it must first be designed to be flexible, multifunctional, and able to recover rapidly from disruption. To combine policy with practice, the program is building a resilient design curriculum and connects current resilient design research and community resilience initiatives. IDR also participates in multiple national resilience initiatives, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Community Resilience Center for Excellence, Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, and others.

  • The program convenes experts from varying disciplines and professions to review facility designs and consider how to address multiple hazards and future risks across the project lifecycle, as well as dependencies on other facilities and systems, such as communications, water, and transportation.
  • In conjunction with academic institutions and professional associations, the program incorporates principles of resilient infrastructure design into existing educational and professional programs, such as urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public administration, and engineering.

How Does the IDR Program Support Recovery after Incidents?

School bus trying to drive through a flooded road. The skies are dark indicating a storm is still present in the area.When states and localities face natural or man-made disasters, the immediate emphasis on restoration of basic services and meeting urgent needs can often limit opportunities to rebuild in a way that will reduce future vulnerabilities and costs. The IDR Program’s recovery function coordinates long-term reconstruction and restoration of infrastructure to be resilient to future threats and hazards.

  • States and communities facing disasters can request infrastructure assessment expertise under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Under this framework, IDR works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and Infrastructure Security Division regional offices to provide recovery support personnel during disasters and recovery operations to assess, secure, and restore the infrastructure and lifelines necessary for community health.
  • During recovery and mitigation, IDR provides training, exercises and technical assistance to state and local officials to support investments in infrastructure that is more resilient to future threats.

How Does the IDR Program Facilitate Collaborative Local and Regional Infrastructure Resilience?

Because most critical infrastructure systems cross jurisdictions and are managed by multiple public and private owners and regulators, the program facilitates meetings to aid in collaborative planning and decision-making that might otherwise be limited by jurisdictional, political, and ownership boundaries.

Contact Information

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