As Buildings Stakeholder Representative on the CRP (Community
Resilience Panel) Coordinating Committee, Accume Partners' Manager
Robert Ashcraft presented at the ASTM Symposium on Balancing
Resiliency, Safety & Sustainability. The CRP is an independent
organization, under the guidance of NIST, through Presidential
Action, that is devoted to reducing barriers to community
resilience. The mission of the Panel is to improve the resilience
of communities by considering the adequacy of codes, standards,
guidelines, best practices, and other tools that enhance the
performance of the buildings and infrastructure systems that
support the social functions of communities. The Panel
develops products, including, but not limited to identifying gaps
and needs to codes and standards bodies, Case Studies, and a
Resilience Knowledge Base (RKB), of which Robert is the Chair. This
session covered the Scenario Teams of the CRP that studies the
resiliency planning of communities to evaluate their preparedness
to rebuild and recover following an event.
The Scenario Teams surveyed six communities:
- Moore, Oklahoma - Tornado
- Seaside, Oregon - Earthquake/Tsunami
- Palm Coast, Florida - Hurricane
- Warsaw, Illinois - Flood
- Roanoke Island, North Carolina - Coastal Inundation
- Oceanside, California - Wildfire and Drought
The goals of these evaluations were to determine the folllowing:
Areas of deficiencies in codes and standards which may prevent
buildings from being more resilient. Policies that may need
revision or implementation. Best practices and applications that
support community resilience, as described in the NIST guide
After reviewing these six communities, the Sceanario Teams made
several consclusions based on their findings: Areas of
deficiencies in codes and standards which may prevent buildings
from being more resilient; Policies that may need revision or
implementation; Best practices and applications that support
community resilience, as described in the NIST guide
After reviewing these six communities, the Scenario Teams made
several conclusions based on their findings.
- In many states across the nation the codes vary by jurisdiction
with some having no building codes, other adopting older codes, and
other proactive communities adopting the current codes. Leveraging
a national approach that would enable States to set codes to be
adopted into their communities will reduce the likelihood of
communities using deficient design and construction standards
relative to natural hazards.
- It was noted that the Moore, OK, Coty Council engaged multiple
sectors; council members, residents, contractors, University of
Oklahoma professors, as part of their planning after the 2013
tornados. Engaging multiple sectors creates a more robust plan and
builds stronger communities going forward.
- Ensuring that all of the community administrative functions are
involved in the planning process will assist in the adoptions of
elements into the comprehensive plan going forward.
- Many communities do not know how to identify vulnerabilities,
where grants might be available, and how to write successful grant
proposal. NHMA has created a Disaster Risk Reduction Curriculum
that could assist these communities.
- Once communities start to understand their vulnerabilities they
will need to prioritize their efforts based upon short, medium, and
long term goals. During the planning process there is always "low
hanging fruit" that provides fixes to bring immediate benefit and
then focus can be moved to the next level of development.
- Communities are accustom to completing land-use and emergency
response planning, however almost no medium or smaller community
moves forward with the small incremental increase in effort to
provide recovery planning. Recovery planning requires long term
vision and support.
Get more information on CRP at http://crpanel.nist.gov/
Bob is a Manager and has over 20 years of extensive IT
auditing, business continuity, governance and risk assessment
experience in the retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, university,
government, insurance and transportation industries, as well as
extensive experience in IT web and LAN-based security for the
healthcare, insurance, finance, government and banking industries.
He also has IT experience in enterprise application via
architecture, project management, risk and deployment within the
mainframe, UNIX/Linux, Citrix and Windows enterprise environments.
Bob works with clients in the insurance industry providing
services, including internal IT audits, Model Audit Rule and
advisory services. He has extensive experience in
pre-implementation and post-implementation enterprise software
reviews. Bob has authored the security patent "Shipping Master"
addressing HIPAA concerns and the web-based, multi-search patented
"eDocs Connect" (pre-SharePoint style) for the hospital,
university, insurance and financial industries.
Prior to Accume, Bob was an Accenture consultant where he
fulfilled the CISO's auditing and project management duties for a
Top 3 international print firm's digital pen project with
Geisinger. He was also a CISO for a security firm, responsible for
writing the company's SOX security response, financial Performa's
and appropriations bill for DHS, which was approved by the House
and Senate. He also served as an Internal Senior Auditor for a $2
billion auto retail firm. Bob provided support for Xerox
Corporation projects in deploying diverse workflow processes within
enterprise solutions for hospitals (code verification workflow
forms), universities, commercial and government accounts with
Citrix deployments of applications and intelligent medical
process-flow forms. He also designed and implemented the first POS
touch screen application for KFC (Pepsico). Bob is a Certified
Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified HIPAA Security
Professional (CHSP), and is Certified in Governance Enterprise
Information Technology (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk Information
Systems Control (CRISC). He is a graduate of Kutztown University
(B.S., Business Administration).