Emergency preparedness and business continuity planning is crucial to a timely response to business disruptions - whether they are caused by weather impacts, cyber attacks, or equipment malfunction. This forum provides an open discussion on pressing topics surrounding utility emergency planning and operations. Through this and the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement, leaders develop relationships that will prove beneficial to members in an emergency. The spring ERAP program is open to utilities and service providers, and precedes the WEI Operations Conference.
Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Attendee: $199 USD
Registration allows you access to all Emergency Response + Assistance Practices agenda items. Registration includes GoToMeeting information, digital program, meeting materials, and wrap up for one person.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Speaker(s): Beverly Woolf, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute
All session times are listed in Pacific time.
How to get the most out of this virtual experience.
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Introductions and COVID-19 Roundtable
Facilitator(s): John Padilla, Principal Analyst, Salt River Project
How is your company handling COVID-19? What are current best practices during the pandemic?
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Did H1N1 Help Prepare Us for COVID-19?
Speaker(s): Mary Hobday, Emergency Planning Manager, Puget Sound Energy, John Padilla, Principal Analyst, Salt River Project, James Nowak, Sr. Director Operations and Services, ARCOS LLC
What are the lessons we learned during H1N1 in 2009? Are those lessons useful today and how does COVID-19 compare to H1N1? What will the process of getting “back to normal” look like when that time comes?
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
SoCalGas and Safety Management System (SMS)
Speaker(s): Robert Howell, Manager, Pipeline Safety & Compliance and Emergency Management, Southern California Gas Company
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
After Action Report Case Study
Speaker(s): Cecile Pinto, Manager, All Hazards, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas & Electric's Public Safety Power Shutoff
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Public Safety Power Shutoff from the Inside
Speaker(s): Mark Quinlan, Sr Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
What is the PSPS activation experience from the inside? What are activation protocols and organizational requirements? What are best practices and lessons learned?
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Facilitator(s): Joanna Stelzig, Public Relations Manager, Tillamook PUD
Possible topics include;
• Onboarding crews
• Remote material and crew deployments specific to RMAG
• Setting up a base camp
• Deploying material assistance resources for PSPS
• Accounting for current resources
• RAMP-UP and how is it used in relation to gas?
This event will now be held in a virtual format. Hotel and travel arrangements will not be required to attend.
If you previously made hotel reservations for this event and need to cancel them, we’ve included the contact information for the hotel below for your convenience. If you have additional questions about this event, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Residence Inn Boise City Center
400 S. Capitol
Boise, Idaho 83702