Emergency preparedness and business continuity planning is crucial to a timely response in the event of a disaster. This forum allows for open discussion on pressing topics surrounding utility emergency planning and operations. There is also ample time for networking to develop relationships that will prove beneficial to members in an emergency. Many participants of this meeting also attend the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) each fall.
Mary Hobday, Emergency Planning Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Greg Ryley, Emergency Manager, BC Hydro
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
Who Should Attend
• Operations managers
• Emergency management coordinators
• Disaster recovery planners
• Directors of business continuity planning
• Emergency preparedness supervisors
• Managers of emergency services
• Emergency planning and response specialists
• Safety specialists
• Parties to the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
• Service Company Members
Prices increase $100 after March 14, 2016. Registration fee includes reception, breakfast, lunch, and meeting materials.
WEI is offering a $200 discount if you register for both the 2016 Operations Conference and the 2016 Emergency Response & Assistance Practices Meeting. To take advantage of this discount, register for the Emergency Response program first and then register for the Operations Conference to see your automatic discount.
For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4973.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception at Hotel
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration + Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome + Introductions
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Emergency Response Preparation for Special Events
Speaker: Cecile Pinto, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Hear best practices that will help you prepare for special events that might come to your service territory. PG&E just played host to the Super Bowl and will share their plans for preparing and lessons learned.
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Washington State Weather Events and Utility Response
Speaker: Erin Swearingen, Avista
Scott Faries, Snohomish County PUD
Attendees will hear from Avista regarding their storm and customer outages in Spokane as well as Snohomish County regarding their response to storms in Everett.
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Upcoming Opportunities for Training and Exercises
Speakers: Ann Steeves, PGE
Debbie Guerra, PacifiCorp
The group will discuss opportunities for upcoming exercise at the national and regional level. We will then discuss some of the internal training and exercises that work well for members within their company and department.
11:30 PM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Mutual Aid Agreements
Facilitator: Tom Jacobus, Southern California Edison
A discussion on other mutual aid agreements around the region including those with electric, gas, Canadian, and regional involvement.
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement Update
• WRMAG Training in the new system for resource allocation/management
• Sub-committee to help with reworking the WRMAG Operating Guidelines and other documentation
• Feedback from 2015 activations
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Open Roundtable – Hot Topics from Attendees
Attendees will get the opportunity to submit topics throughout the day to address during this session
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Wrap Up, Next Steps, Action Items
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
To make your room reservations, please contact the hotel directly at 858.552.1234. Mention you are with the WEI Operations Conference to receive a special rate of $189 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to March 14, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.
The abundant riches of San Diego’s “Golden Triangle” await you at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Nestled in a luxurious seaside suburb known as the “Jewel of the Pacific,” our distinguished La Jolla hotel accommodations are mere minutes from world-class corporations, shopping, dining, and attractions. Situated on 11 acres, this elegant choice of La Jolla California hotels boasts 419 recently remodeled guest rooms, spacious VIP suites, wireless high-speed Internet, and 32,000 square feet of flexible function space. Join the legions of privileged business and leisure travelers who have selected our luxury hotel in La Jolla, California.
Driving Directions from San Diego International Airport (10 miles)
Turn left on Harbor Drive, then left again on Laurel.
Follow signs to I-5 North.
Exit at La Jolla Village Drive and turn right.
Turn right again at Lebon.
Turn right on University Center Lane.
Erin Swearingen is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with 20 years of experience in business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency preparedness and management. Erin has designed and implemented business continuity programs for various industries including the financial industry.
Erin has been with Avista for over 5 years and has implemented the Enterprise Business Continuity program which includes business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency operations response.
She has also developed and implemented emergency response and life safety programs, promoting employee safety, personal preparedness and preparedness education.
Ann Steeves has held leadership positions in federal, state, local (city/county) and private arenas. Hired at PGE in April 2011, Ann is the Operations Manager for Business Continuity Emergency Management (BCEM) responsible for strategic and tactical planning, training and exercises on a companywide basis that involve any type of All Hazards emergency response.
Prior to that, Ann spent six years as a Regional Coordinator with the Hospital/Healthcare Preparedness Program brokering community relationships and conducting strategic and tactical planning across a six county, 12 hospital environment for any large scale medical surge emergency (hospital evacuation, critical supplies, logistics, communications, etc.).
Ann is a certified instructor in the Incident Command System (ICS), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Continuity of Operations (COOP), and is trained in Multi-Agency Coordination Group (MACG) and All Hazard Incident Management Teams. Ann is certified as a Master Continuity Practitioner (MCP) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); certified by the Disaster Recovery Institute International as a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) and has authored or reviewed national level publications on Emergency Response and Mutual Assistance topics.
Ann works with Critical Infrastructure providers, all levels of Government and community based entities in this diverse collaborative and interdependent framework to improve and strengthen capacity and capabilities related to business continuity, information disaster recovery, and emergency mitigation, preparation, response and recovery.
Debbie Guerra has worked for Pacific Power for over 34 years. After her first 22 years of ascending responsibility and diverse roles in the organization, Debbie became the company’s emergency manager in 2003. After 5 years of enhancing the company’s emergency program, she earned additional leadership responsibilities as Director of Transmission & Distribution Operations Support. Her current responsibilities include overseeing Emergency Management, Technical Training, Facilities, Logistic, Joint Use, Field Inspection and Contract Management.