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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s critical infrastructure provides essential goods, services, and functions that sustain our way of life and underpin our economy and our society; and
WHEREAS, critical infrastructure in Virginia includes a number of industries and facilities including chemical, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, materials, waste, transportation systems, and water and wastewater systems; and
WHEREAS, this infrastructure is interconnected and a disruption or breakdown in any one sector could create cascading impacts on other infrastructure and across multiple sectors; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to educate and engage the private sector, all levels of government, and the public on the vital role critical infrastructure plays in the well-being of our Commonwealth and on the importance of strengthening critical infrastructure security and resilience; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has established a statewide Critical Infrastructure Working Group in an effort to foster partnerships and collaboration among all stakeholders to enhance protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has partnered with Maryland and the District of Columbia to build a regional critical infrastructure program that transcends state boundaries and fosters collaborative initiatives and cooperative agreements to enhance information sharing, protection and prevention efforts, and mitigation actions that will reduce our critical infrastructure’s susceptibility to hazards and simultaneously strengthen our resilience; and
WHEREAS, Virginia adopted legislation securing critical infrastructure information to foster information sharing while providing safeguards for the integrity of that information and, therefore, our critical infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month is an opportunity to engage the whole community to do their part at home, at work in the critical infrastructure community, and in local communities by being prepared for all hazards, reporting suspicious activity, and learning more about critical infrastructure security and resilience;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2018 as CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AND RESILIENCE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.