Disaster Response

September 2018 Storms and Mutual Aid

Public power utilities in the Carolinas on Sept. 13 began to grapple with an initial wave of power outages, heavy rainfall, and severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence. The American Public Power Association is in touch with member utilities and joint action in the affected regions. We are mobilizing emergency power restoration crews and materials through the national public power mutual aid network, as requested by affected entities. 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


Public Power Daily
Public power utilities work together in response to Tropical Storm Florence

Member Updates
Santee Cooper, South Carolina Storm Center

ElectriCities of North Carolina Twitter updates

ESCC Press Release
Electric power industry coordinating response efforts with federal, state, and local government officials

Industry Press Release
Electric power industry closely coordinating across the sector and with federal government partners ahead of Florence landfall

Federal Updates
Department of Energy situation reports on Hurricane Florence

FEMA resources and updates

Maps of movement of the storm, National Weather Service

State of energy infrastructure, Energy Information Administration

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.


Most Affected Public Power Regions


Steps to Restore Power After an Outage




Public power utilities can find mutual aid and other restoration and recovery resources here. Find resources to share with your customers here or from the Department of Energy's Community Guidelines for Energy Emergencies.


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