Developments Of Securing The Nation 's Ports

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Developments in securing the nation’s ports have occurred since September 11, 2001: According to American Association of Ports Authorities (n. d) the United States is served by some 360 commercial ports that provide approximately 3,200 cargo and passenger handling facilities and there are more than 150 deep draft seaports under the jurisdiction of 126 public seaport agencies located along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Great Lakes coasts, as well as in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Transportation Security Administration (2010), broaden the definition of” the maritime sector to include a wide range of watercraft and vessels and consists of approximately 95,000 miles of coastline, 361 ports, more than…show more content…
Furthermore, on August 9, 2004, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 were signed into law. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are the Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs) for the Transportation Systems Sector. They teamed up with the Department of Transportation to coordinate the preparedness activities in the national maritime domain. The SSAs partners’ functions are to “prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from all hazards that could have a debilitating effect on homeland security, public health and safety, or economic well-being using the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework as risk management and mitigation framework” (Transportation Security Administration 2010). Dual threats of terrorism and natural disasters and their affected port security: Provide examples to illustrate your findings. A natural disaster is a sudden calamitous event that is the result of atmospheric and other geological imbalances that threatens the viability of the organization and is characterized by creating chaos, disruption of operations, confusion, and even death of employees (Morrison, et al 2014, p. 66). Natural disasters that can have more negative impact or affects on the port security include earthquake, hurricane, flood, volcanic eruption, tsunami, just to mention but few. Also, some unwanted, exotic plant,
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