Certain dependencies/interdependencies between Critical Infrastructure sectors are often overlooked when evaluating risk and/or preparing for events, such as the extended freezing temperatures  experienced across the South in 2018. The cascading effect(s) of service interruptions can sidetrack even the best laid plans.

Provide an example of where a loss of service from another sector limited your sector’s ability to provide adequate services to other sectors(s). (that’s almost a tongue twister)

See below Example: Try to keep your example concise

Event: Hurricane Sandy
Sector: Energy Sector (Oil/Fuel/Gas)
Sector impacting the Energy Sector: Transportation Sector: Maritime (loss of ports hampered fuel delivery)
Sectors impacted by Energy Sector: Emergency Services, Transportation Sector, (limited fuel availability contributed to congestion, hampered response and recovery efforts)

Hurricane Sandy caused interruptions to the fuel supply chain by inflicting damages on various assets like marine receiving and dispensing terminals. Although retail gas stations were damaged, they did not experience extended power outages. The primary cause for the most severe fuel shortage in NYC history resulted from not receiving fuel shipments.
Critical vehicles were unable to obtain fuel. Often customers would wait in gas lines for literally hours only to have the gas station to run out of fuel before they arrived at the pump.
Complicated by the lack of subway and bus service, increased vehicle usage caused standstill traffic on the City’s major roads and highways, leading to gridlock for the general public and interfering with emergency services and the City’s recovery operations.

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