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Lifeline Infrastructure Hub - A public-private partnership to assist the nation with community resilience and recovery after disasters
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Our nation is experiencing an urgent need to better understand and improve aging and unreliable lifeline systems. These systems include water, wastewater, electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels, communications, and multi-modal transportation—highways and roads, rail, airports, and ports and harbors.

Particularly as natural disasters grow more frequent and destructive, lifeline services are critical to protect our communities and essential for disaster recovery.

The NIBS Lifeline Infrastructure Hub aims to help the nation with community resilience and recovery after disasters. Robust partnerships with government, the private sector, and various stakeholders to advance this effort are crucial for our safety and security.

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Serve
SERVE

in a coordinating role to forge and engage public-private partnerships across lifeline sectors for natural hazards, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, wildfires and future extreme weather events

Understand
UNDERSTAND

the fundamentals of lifeline infrastructure systems, plus identify gaps and cost-effective ways to mend gaps in lifeline resilience

Prioritize
PRIORITIZE

investments and improvements, in the technical and policy realms, that are most needed for lifeline infrastructure in all communities to improve disaster resilience and modernization

National Lifelines Advisory Panel

The Lifeline Advisory Panel (LAP) is the leadership group providing the strategic direction to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Lifeline Infrastructure Hub. Comprised with representatives from four key stakeholder groups including Industry Professionals, Technical Experts, Public Policy Professionals, and Public Stakeholders. The Lifeline Advisory Panel plays a crucial role in informing the direction of NIBS Lifeline Hub by providing an advisory role for advancing its objectives involving policy development, expanding advocacy, and highlighting the importance of lifeline infrastructure in disaster resilience, and identifying partnerships and funding opportunities.

Name Organization Role Region
Ron Eguchi ImageCat, Inc. Chair SoCal
Sissy Nikolaou National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Vice Chair East Coast
Kent Yu SEFT Consulting Group/NIBS BSSC Board Executive Committee PNW
Iris Tien Georgia Institute of Technology/NIBS BSSC Board Executive Committee Gulf Coast
Dan Kaniewski Marsh McLennan/NIBS MMC Board Executive Committee DC
Natalie Enclade BuildStrong America/MMC Board Executive Committee National
Yumei Wang National Institute of Building Sciences (advisor) Executive Committee PNW
JQ Yuan National Institute of Building Sciences Executive Committee National
Bilal Ayyub University of Maryland Panel Member East Coast
Jeff Bachhuber Pacific Gas & Electric Panel Member NoCal
Brian Blake Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) Panel Member Central
Janey Camp University of Memphis Panel Member Central East
Chuck Chaitovitz Chamber of Commerce Panel Member DC
Craig Davis Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (retired) Panel Member SoCal
Martin Hight American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Panel Member National
Joone Kim-Lopez Moulton Niguel Water District Panel Member SoCal
Alexis Kwasinski University of Pittsburg Panel Member East Coast
Mike Rookstool Chevron Technical Center Panel Member Gulf Coast
Jason Stott Georgia Power Panel Member Gulf Coast
Ed Laatsch Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Ex Officio (non-voting) National
Jay Harris National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Ex Officio (voting) National
Hamid Ghasemi U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Ex Officio National
To be confirmed Department of Energy (DOE) Ex Officio National
David Goldbloom-Helzner Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ex Officio National
more to be added
Adham Naiem NIBS Staff National
Sara Barrett NIBS Staff National
NIBS Lifeline Infrastructure Hub Contacts:
Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan

Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan,
VP of Engineering, NIBS
jyuan@nibs.org

Yumei Wang

Yumei Wang,
Lifeline Infrastructure Special Advisor, NIBS
ywang.ctr@nibs.org

NIBS Lifeline Infrastructure Hub Workshop

From the flow of electricity to the pulse of communication, from the arteries of transportation to the veins of water supply, these essential systems quietly weave together the fabric of our society. Often taken for granted in their seamless operation, it's only during moments of disruption that we truly recognize their paramount importance.

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NIBS NEHRP Congressional Briefing

Nearly half of all Americans live and work in high seismic regions throughout the United States. These regions currently have $108 trillion of national building assets and the work of NEHRP must continue to mitigate risk from earthquakes.

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Proposed Activities

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