During 2004, State and National Homeland Security, PA Region 13 Task Force, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, universities and local businesses, met to discuss what could be done to improve our regions readiness for future disasters. They came to the following conclusions:

  • 85% of the U.S. critical infrastructure is privately owned.
  • Protection of the infrastructure and the people who live near or work within these critical assets, including preparation for, and response to, terrorism or natural events, cannot be done by government alone.
  • Many world-class companies, universities, private institutions and organizations reside within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
  • Collectively, they possess enormous capabilities and talents to help improve both business continuity, as well as the safety of the region’s citizens, in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or medical emergency.
  • A safer environment, for both the region’s businesses and its citizens, would only enhance the Pittsburgh region’s economic vitality, as well as bring the region national recognition.

These conclusions proved a regional alliance to be a necessity. Hence the creation of Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security (PRBCHS).

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