Disaster Response

Hurricane Barry Storm Center and Mutual Aid

As Hurricane Barry tears through Louisiana, causing widespread power outages there — as well as in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas — public power stands ready to respond.

The American Public Power Association is in touch with member utilities and regional organizations in the affected regions. 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. Utilities have prestaged crews and equipment and others have crews from neighboring areas on standby to quickly deploy when required.

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.

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.

Hurricane Barry: Most Affected Public Power Regions

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Resources

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

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