Disaster Response and Mutual Aid

Storm Center and Mutual Aid

During the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, APPA is closely coordinating with our industry and government partners to ensure unity of effort before, during, and after storms as they occur. We stand ready to mobilize emergency power restoration crews and materials through the national public power mutual aid network, as requested by affected entities.

We also continue to monitor the needs of member utilities and regional organizations recently affected by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona and Tropical Storm Nicole.

Latest News and Updates

Remaining Power Outages in Florida from Hurricane Nicole are Restored (November 12, 2022)

FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly Provides Update on Hurricane Restoration Efforts in Fla. (November 10, 2022)

Public Power Utility Crews Deploy to Help with Florida Power Restoration Efforts (November 9, 2022)

Public Power Utilities Prepare for Arrival of Tropical Storm Nicole (November 8, 2022)

FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly Details Key Role of Mutual Aid in Response to Hurricane Ian (October 8, 2022)

Puerto Rico Power Restoration Efforts Continue to Advance (October 7, 2022)

Outages Post-Hurricane Ian Down to Less Than 500,000 in Florida (October 5, 2022)

Power Restored to 93% of Customers in Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane Fiona (October 4, 2022)

Power Restored to More Than 1.3 Million Customers in Puerto Rico (October 1, 2022)

Public Power Utility Crews Work to Restore Power to Customers Post-Hurricane Ian (September 30, 2022)

Power Restored to One Million Customers in Puerto Rico (September 28, 2022)

Public Power Utilities Prepare for Arrival of Hurricane Ian (September 26, 2022)

Puerto Rico Sees Power Restoration Progress Over the Weekend (September 25, 2022)

Puerto Rico Power Restoration Efforts Advance (September 21, 2022)

Power Restoration Work Underway as Puerto Rico Continues to Recover from Hurricane (September 20, 2022)

Power in Puerto Rico Knocked out as Hurricane Fiona Hits with Strong Winds, Heavy Rainfall (September 18, 2022)

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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