An Award was received from the State of Ohio's Office of Energy Efficiency entitled SEP-Fuel Cell Awareness & Infrastructure Development. Funded by the Ohio Department of Development, this effort is intended to lay the groundwork for use of Distributed Energy Resources in a proactive mitigation response strategy for meeting the state's critical energy requirements in significant Homeland Security breeches. A full scale trial and demonstration of several different DG sources (fuel cell and traditional) will be effected to power the emergency energy needs of the Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, community center where citizens could gather to meet their basic security and safety needs (ie, lighting, heat and water). Needed changes in legislation, protocols, and policies will be identified for realizing broader use of DER generation for emergency applications within the DER impact envelope.