The American Public Works Association (APWA) in conjunction with 18 national associations representing the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) called on presidential candidates, the next administration, and other elected officials to assess national preparedness strategies and approaches to reflect the changing threats to people, infrastructure, and economic interests.

In it's '2016 National Issues Brief,' the group outlines challenges that must be addressed including critical infrastructure fragility and climate and adaptation. The group stresses the evolution of threats and how they will require new approaches and innovative thinking in national preparedness efforts.

In addition, the NHSC requests sustained and more flexible,homeland security grant funding; strengthened information collecting; and sharing between all levels of government, the private sector and the public; and support for the use of mutual aid, state-to-state and between local jurisdictions, in response to disasters and emergencies.

Many of the issues are of utmost important to public works professionals, “Now more than ever, public works must be at the forefront of all emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery activities. The primary issues identified by the Consortium face public works professionals on a day to day basis including, building, protecting and maintaining our countries critical infrastructure, cyber security and natural threats,” said APWA past Consortium Tri-Chair and Beloit, WI Director of Operations, Chris Walsh.