Mark Scott

Critical Infrastructure Specialist
District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Mark Scott manages critical infrastructure security and resilience programs for the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. He works within the District’s Fusion Center where he coordinates CI preparedness with the agency’s intelligence analysts and emergency planners and managers. Mark also represents the District of Columbia on the DHS-supported State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council. He has over 20 years of experience in critical infrastructure risk management, and holds a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Evaluating Supply Chain Resilience

In September 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency selected the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to participate in a nine-month technical assistance supply chain resilience project with 10 other jurisdictions nation-wide. The project characterized the District’s grocery supply chain – focusing on large retail grocery stores, their distribution centers, and the freight corridors serving the city — and assessed factors that can potentially predict the District’s food resilience capability after a catastrophic event through identification of key vulnerabilities.

Fundamental to this analysis has been understanding the critical infrastructure interdependencies that help shape supply chain risk. Using previous hurricane scenario modeling and lessons learned during the 2017 hurricane season, the District identified multiple impacts across several critical infrastructure sectors that would disrupt the availability of essential food supplies. Long-term power outages, fuel supply interruptions, loss of communications infrastructure, and damage to roads and bridges would pose the greatest threat to this supply chain.

This initiative is helping equip the District and National Capital Region with the research, analysis, and technical support needed to mitigate gaps and vulnerabilities within the grocery supply chain. It will also support the District’s emergency operations by building valuable relationships with District suppliers, businesses and private sector partners. Additionally, it has provided a template for examining other supply chains of concern to the District, primarily fuel and healthcare.