Powering Strong Communities

Be Prepared: Disaster Planning and Response Guide

Receive an overview of our public power restoration best practices guide, and hear lessons learned and best practices in storm restoration and mutual aid
June 26, 2018

2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Webinar Description 

Customers are increasingly dependent on electricity and thus less tolerant of extended outages. At the same time, the size and frequency of damaging storms and other hazards increase in both size and frequency. To help member utilities meet these dual challenges, the Association has teamed up with Witt O’Brien’s to develop a public power restoration best practices guide to identify best practices in storm restoration efforts. 

Receive an overview of this new publication and hear lessons learned and best practices in storm restoration and mutual aid, highlighting recent examples from the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season.

Topic include:

  • Emergency planning
  • Mitigation and preparedness
  • Maintenance and engineering
  • Crew staging and deployment
  • Damage assessment and wires down
  • Response and recovery, including estimated time of restoration
  • Customer information
  • Emergency communication
  • Mutual assistance
  • IT: outage management systems scalability

Who Should Participate

Public power executives, managers, emergency management, and operations personnel, as well as those interested and responsible for mutual aid, restoration, and safety at their utility.


  • Charlie Fisher, Senior Managing Director, Witt O'Brien's, Washington, D.C.
  • Anthony Hurley, Managing Director, Utility Practice, Witt O'Brien's, Houston, Texas


This webinar is free of charge and available to Association members. Click here to register. Webinars are recorded and available for playback, in case you miss the live version.

A copy of the Association's new Restoration Best Practices Guidebook will be distributed to attendees. 

This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under award number DE-OE0000757.


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Log-In/Call-In Information

  • Log-in information for each webinar will be sent out the morning of the event (around 10:30 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please call 202-467-2965 or email [email protected]).
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating in this webinar from the same organization and all are in the same location, you can have multiple people listen in via speaker phone.
  • You may use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line. This option allows you to listen to the webinar audio through your computer’s microphone and speakers.

Questions for Speakers

We encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar — email them to [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted via online chat during the webinar.

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact 202-467-2921 or [email protected].