Disaster Response

Disaster Planning and Response

Learn about the latest in disaster response across the country.

Join the Mutual Aid Network

Join more than 2,000 organizations in the public power Mutual Aid Network, to get or give help to other utilities and coordinate with the authorities during widespread power outages. Put a disaster response plan in place. Learn how to coordinate with local, state, and federal government and navigate immediate and long-term assistance to recover and rebuild.

To join the Mutual Aid Network, complete the Mutual Aid Agreement and email it to the American Public Power Association at [email protected]. If you have already signed the agreement in the past and would like a copy, email us at [email protected]

Resources

The Restoration Best Practices Guidebook is a collection of tips and practices for utilities and other entities involved in utility restoration operations and emergency management. Public power utilities either requesting or responding to mutual aid and joint action agencies, state and regional associations, and others working on restoration can download the guidebook to learn how to plan and participate in effective restoration operations.

The All-Hazards Guidebook walks public power utilities, joint action agencies, state associations, and other industry representatives through the five-step preparedness cycle to help in the development or continuous improvement of emergency preparedness programs and all-hazards planning efforts.

Members can download the public power Mutual Aid Playbook with tips and resources for disaster response and recovery. The playbook helps you participate in coordinated disaster response with state and federal government officials. It lists roles and responsibilities of utilities, network coordinators, and national coordinators. The playbook also provides sample mutual aid agreements, damage assessment templates, and resource request and approval forms for help before, during, and after an event.

A Storm Communications Guide for members offers tips to communicate effectively with all stakeholders before, during, and after a storm and includes template press releases, sample social media posts, and checklists.

If you’re experiencing widespread disaster-related outages in your area, be sure to contact your state or regional network coordinator. If you’ve developed or updated a list of regional coordinators, please email it to us at [email protected]

Click here to see which public power utilities are part of the Mutual Aid Network. 

Mutual Aid Commendation Program

The Association's Mutual Aid Commendation Program recognizes utilities that have answered the call for assistance and aided another utility in restoring power to its customers. Please note, the awardee must be a public power entity. Apply online here

Mutual Aid Working Group

Members of the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Working Group help to advance public power’s mutual aid program and establish disaster management best practices for large-scale events.