The American Public Power Association works with its utility, state association, and joint action agency members, as well as other industry associations and federal agencies, to enhance communication during preparation for and recovery from disasters.
Mutual Aid Working Group
The Mutual Aid Working Group is comprised of representatives from public power utilities, state associations, and joint action agencies. The goal of the MAWG is to advance public power’s mutual aid and disaster management best practices for large-scale events.
Mutual Aid Agreement Signatories
The list of public power utilities who have signed the mutual aid agreement form and submitted it to the American Public Power Assocition are accessible by FEMA region. If you would like a copy of your signed agreement, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to send it to you. If you find any error on the page, please alert as soon as possible so that the information is kept up-to-date and accurate.
Click here to download a copy of the Mutual Aid Agreement.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the trade association for cooperative utilities, maintains the list of their members that have signed the agreement.
The Mutual Aid Working Group developed the Public Power Mutual Aid Playbook for public power utilities, network coordinators, and the association to refer to during disasters to ensure efficient power restoration after outages. Non-members can view the Executive Summary here.
The playbook is segmented into the nation’s ten public power mutual aid regions, which are based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency regions. The playbook ensures a coordinated response with state and federal government officials and lists roles and responsibilities of utilities, network coordinators, and national coordinators. The playbook also provides resources such as sample mutual aid agreements, damage assessment templates, and resource request and approval forms to help utilities before, during, and after an event.
During a large-scale event, the Association encourages individual utilities to reach out to network coordinators in their state. Then, the Association will reach out to those network coordinators on any issues related to the federal government. Access the latest list of network coordinators for the ten Association regions.
The Association encourages public power utilities, public utility districts, state associations, or joint action agencies that have developed a list of regional coordinators to send us up-to-date lists of those contacts. Please feel free to email your list of regional coordinators to [email protected].
Public Power National Tabletop Exercise
In October 2016, the American Public Power Association, in cooperation with the Department of Energy, hosted a tabletop exercise to review, validate, and examine gaps within the Mutual Aid Playbook during a large-scale power disruption within the United States. Several network coordinators and representatives from the working group joined industry and federal government partners in the exercise.
Public Power Ready
Public Power Ready is a resource to help customers understand what the public power community is doing to prepare for a storm, and offers steps customers can take to safely weather storms in their area. The page also features a collection of tools for utilities to help them in their own preparations.
Stay in Touch
Mutual Aid Listserv
All regular members (public power utilities, public utility districts, state associations, and joint action agencies) of the Association can participate in the mutual aid listserv to communicate during natural disasters—provide restoration updates, request aid, etc. The listserv also allows utilities to share best practices, lessons learned, and general information on mutual aid and disaster recovery.
Let us know if you would like to be added to the listserv.
Mutual Aid Team
Michael Hyland, Senior Vice President, Engineering Services
Giacomo Wray, Engineering Services Assistant
Our team can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 202-467-2900.