Community Lifelines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Community Lifelines concept is a framework for incident management that provides emergency managers with a reporting structure to quickly stabilize a community after disaster strikes. FEMA has identified seven Community Lifelines that include: Safety and Security; Health and Medical; Communications; Hazardous Materials; Food, Water, Shelter; Energy (Power & Fuel); and Transportation. If any of these Lifelines are down because of disaster or emergency, it is an indicator that lives are in jeopardy and/or life routine and supply chains are disrupted.

Hagerty brings years of experience supporting planning and recovery for the various facets of Community Lifelines and integrates them into previously existing capability building structures, like Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) so that communities are measuring capability and need holistically.


A secure cyber network requires strong internal information technology policies, strategies, and standards. Just as emergency management does not start or end with an incident, cybersecurity is an ongoing continuum of preparing, detecting, and assessing, responding, and recovering.

Detecting security breaches and responding to a security incident is the focus of information technology (IT) specialists and law enforcement officials; but, it may also require cooperation with various entities, such as computer network operations specialists, the military, and the intelligence community.

At Hagerty, we work with a client’s leadership team, emergency managers, and IT personnel to prepare for cyber incidents. We help emergency managers understand why it is important to stay involved in the cyber conversation, to prepare for a cyber incident, and to understand how authorities with overlapping and competing jurisdictions will interact. Clients rely on our firm’s experienced associates and partners to develop, lead, and enhance cyber preparedness by assessing known vulnerabilities, strengthening existing plans, and training and exercising response plans.

Read more about cybersecurity threats and Hagerty’s Cyber Nexus Approach here.


Transit security is a prerequisite for prosperity and resilience – especially in a world under constant threat from terrorists, natural disasters, and human error.

Hagerty has supported transit partners both large and small in developing comprehensive and innovative preparedness programs, with services that include strategic planning, hurricane and active shooter response exercises, and Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP) Accreditation. Our experienced staff understands that every transit system has a unique threat profile that is best managed by a holistic preparedness strategy. Reinforcing the cycle of analysis, planning, training, and exercises ensures that the entire transit system — from leadership to operators and maintenance crews — are prepared for whatever hazards come their way.