Hurricane Irma - PCSC Alert 2017 – 87


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***Hurricane Irma Updates*** 


  • National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) Current Situation Report Hurricane Irma (see first attachment)


  • Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) – Executive Summary (see second attachment)


  • The Department of Health and Human Services Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program continues to monitor the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and coordinate with the private sector on response and recovery. As additional information is available, HHS CIP will continue to provide updates on impacts to the HPH and interdependent sectors. Visit the HHS CIP online registration site to receive these messages including teleconference opportunities for engagement. See:  



  • A number of our PCSC intelligence sources (Sensiguard, BSi, ICR360, IJet, HHS, etc...) are warning members to be aware of any potential logistics issues with the predicted landfall of Hurricane Irma in south Florida. It is strongly recommended that shippers confirm if destination facilities are in  areas that may be impacted -  and have alternate plans for secure staging locations outside of the storm’s path – that includes when it is expected to reach the south central part of the United States (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, etc. It is also strongly recommended that shippers and manufacturers utilize all available tracking technology they have at their disposal to both monitor where shipments are, as well as to mitigate the risk of theft. In the event cargo is either pilfered or stolen, the ability to provide real-time, accurate location coordinates to law enforcement is an essential component to any successful recovery.


  • DEA Resources Available for Hurricane Responses: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has published on its website information for DEA registrants seeking to make an emergency request for authorization to quickly move controlled substances for relief efforts in response to domestic or international disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and typhoons. Requests for such emergency authorization may be relayed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the email address  In its website post, DEA requests that the email include specific details, as well as other information pertinent to the emergency authorization.



  • National Hurricane Center Website: The trajectory and intensity of tropical storms are unpredictable and can change abruptly. Monitor the NHC website for up-to-date information on all the hurricanes.


  • Disaster Tips on Cyber and Social Engineering Scams During Catastrophic Weather Events: (see the third attachment)