Disaster Response and Mutual Aid

Hurricane Zeta Storm Center and Mutual Aid

The American Public Power Association is assisting member utilities and regional organizations affected by Hurricane Zeta. We stand ready to mobilize emergency power restoration crews and materials through the national public power mutual aid network, as requested by affected entities. Utilities will begin damage assessment and restoration as soon as conditions permit, keeping in mind safety first.

We are also working round the clock with the rest of the energy industry and our federal government partners to monitor the situation and organize help as needed.

Latest News

Public power utility crews assist with restoration efforts in wake of Zeta (Public Power Daily, October 29, 2020)

Crews deployed to Gulf Coast to prepare for restoration from Hurricane Delta (Public Power Daily, October 9, 2020)

Mich. villages see power quickly restored in wake of storm thanks to mutual aid, village crews (Public Power Daily, October 1, 2020)

APPA’s mutual aid network delivers smooth response to Hurricane Sally (Public Power Daily, September 18, 2020)

Public power crews assemble, deploy in response to Hurricane Sally (Public Power Daily, September 16, 2020)

Power mostly restored to Vinton, La. after public power utility crews pitched in (Public Power Daily, September 11, 2020)

ESCC reports that significant progress has been made in power restoration post-Laura (Public Power Daily, September 2, 2020)

Crews from LUS, GRU and Alabama deploy to Vinton, La., to help with restoration efforts (Public Power Daily, August 31, 2020)

Public power crews work to restore power after Hurricane Laura makes landfall (Public Power Daily, August 27, 2020)

Public power mutual aid activities ramp up prior to Hurricane Laura’s landfall (Public Power Daily, August 26, 2020)

Public power utilities prepare for Tropical Storm Marco, possible hurricane

What Is Mutual Aid

Mutual aid is electric utilities helping each other in times of need. The American Public Power Association, together with state and regional public power utilities and organizations, coordinates the mutual aid network for the nation’s public power utilities. Utilities that want to give and get help for power restoration after a disaster sign up for this network. When (and even before) a major disaster hits a utility’s territory and the utility knows that its own crews and equipment won’t be enough to restore power quickly, it calls for mutual aid. It provides its best estimate of how many people it needs and what type of skills they should have. The utility also specifies equipment and material needs. Other utilities in the network respond with what they can offer. The actual dispatch and movement of crews from different utilities is coordinated by utility and public power association personnel who volunteer as regional and national mutual aid coordinators. Learn more about mutual aid in this fact sheet.


Public power utilities can find mutual aid and other restoration and recovery resources here.

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