Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Emergency Response

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Meet the Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Emergency Response PDT.
Location: Courtroom O

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Gas Incidents Lessons Learned
Speakers: Jon Huddleston, Vice President, Engineering & Utility Operations, NW Natural
Mike Eutsey, Director, Operation Services, Cascade Natural Gas
Gas Utilities deal with “routine” emergencies on a daily basis, and we’re very good at it. We respond, make safe, repair, and resolve the issue. What happens when the emergency situation isn’t routine? How do we respond to a gas explosion in a downtown urban center? What do we do when a hotel is full of gas? What does ICS look like during a large-scale incident ? In this session, we share our learnings from personal experience with critical emergency response.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The Evolving Landscape of ICS and How to Take Control of your Process
Speaker: Jim Nowak, Director of Utility Services, ARCOS LLC
Ann Steeves, President and CEO, Handheld Continuity – Emergency Management Institute
Topics include: ICS Recent Trends, Importance of Resource Planning and Incident Objectives, How ICS can be used enterprise-wide, How technology can be used to help with ICS processes and planning for efficient activation, Hands-On ICS Activities for Sharpening Skill Sets.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
We’re Going In!
Speakers: Logan Monroe, Manager, Gas Emergency Preparedness, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Barron Kelley, Manager, Gas Operations, Dominion Energy
Robert Peterson, Director, Safety and Technical Training, MDU Utilities Group
Bruce Voutour, Gas First Response Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
The possibility of working within a gaseous atmosphere is one of the biggest hazards faced by field employees in the Natural Gas Industry. We will discuss isolation plans, customer impacts, safety matrix, escalation procedure, after action reporting. We will be reviewing the answers to a survey that was sent to member company’s regarding their policies and procedures for employees who are working in a gaseous environment. A four person panel with representatives from Southwest Gas, Dominion Gas, P.S.E, and MDU will discuss in further detail there organizations answers to the survey.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Preparing for the Super Bowl and Responding to the Ventura Fires:  Emergency Response Roadblocks
Speakers: Ed Banuelos, Emergency Services Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Carrie Heglund, Manager District Operations, Southwest Gas Corporation
Discuss procedures and strategic planning for emergency response during large scale public events, both planned and unplanned. Southwest Gas will describe how their organization prepared for the Super Bowl in Phoenix, and Southern California Gas Company describes how the Ventura Fires were managed.