Incident Command System Immersive (Oct 04-06)

Incident Command System Immersive is a training program aimed at providing gas and electric utilities with additional exposure to the ICS framework. Participants will network with other utilities that utilize ICS and get to see how the framework is applied at other companies as well as share successes and lessons learned. This program will include tours, speakers from utilities and municipal bodies, discussion-based exercises, and other takeaways to bring back to your company. It is recommended that participants have completed at least the FEMA IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700 modules and is intended as a supplement to existing training programs.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Seattle City Light - North Service Center
  • 1300 N 97th St Seattle, WA 98103
  • Who Should Attend
  • Section leaders, command, and general staff, as well as group supervisors.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $599 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 13, 2022. Registration includes comprehensive program materials, breakfast and lunch each day, and the welcome reception on Tuesday.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2111.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast + Registration

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome, Introductions, Goals
Facilitator(s): Terry Knight, Business Continuity Specialist, Avista Utilities
Speaker(s): Brittany Barnwell, Facilities Mgt Director Ofc, City of Seattle

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

An Overview of Seattle City Light’s Key Initiatives
Speaker(s): Michelle Vargo, Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Role of ICS in the Utility Industry
Speaker(s): Michelle Vargo, Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Position-Specific Best Practices

Learn “best practices” on how ICS positions have been used in the utility industry.
Providing an emphasis on:

  • Incident Commander-focus on objectives and leadership (not tactics)
  • Use of a Liaison Officer to connect to outside agencies
  • Operations Section-Structure during changing incidents
  • Planning Section-Responsibilities in the planning process
  • Incorporating Business Continuity in ICS structure

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Incident Planning

This session will describe how the Incident Action Planning cycle works and why each step is important.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Location TBA

Reception is sponsored by Utility Response Training Associates, LLC

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome to Day 2
Speaker(s): Terry Knight, Business Continuity Specialist, Avista Utilities

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Emergency Response Plans

How to make plans more useable (so they don’t sit on a shelf), and how to structure them into Base Plan, Annexes, Appendices, etc.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Developing and Conducting ICS Training

Discuss best-practices for conducting ICS training. How to build position checklists, job aids, and other templates/resources for building out a plan.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Exercise Development and Conduct
Speaker(s): Courtney Rose, Emergency Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

An overview of different types of exercises (e.g. tabletop, functional, full-scale, etc.) and what each is used for. Will also address incorporating outside agencies in exercises as well as how to use of scripting, MSEL’s, Controllers, and the HSEEP program.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

The After-Action Review and Report
Speaker(s): Eli King, Energy Emergency Management Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Emergency Management Program Evaluation

5:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Review of Day 1 + Day 2
Facilitator(s): Terry Knight, Business Continuity Specialist, Avista Utilities

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scenario Driven Exercise, Workshop, and AAR/HSEEP Evaluation
Speaker(s): Eli King, Energy Emergency Management Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Participants discuss how they would activate their emergency response using the ICS framework, focusing on each section and how each section plans for and executes their plan.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion

Recent incident responses, lessons learned, sharing of additional brest practices.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Review of Workshop/Closing Remarks
Facilitator(s): Terry Knight, Business Continuity Specialist, Avista Utilities

2:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Program Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the reservation link to receive the special rate of $149USD/night and a discounted parking rate of $8/night per vehicle. This rate is guaranteed until September 12, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Effective August 18, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative COVID-19 test will not be required for admittance into most WEI-hosted programs.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC, Canadian government and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. We encourage all attendees to review the current guidelines related to isolation and precautions prior to traveling to a WEI event, as well as guidance for traveling to and from Canada, which may differ from guidance for traveling to or from the United States.

Some WEI-hosted programs may require proof of vaccination status, if essential for participation, in which case WEI will communicate this requirement in advance of the program start date.

Please refer to WEI’s Safety + Health Code of Conduct for other important considerations.

Meet The Speakers

Brittany Barnwell

City of Seattle

Facilities Mgt Director Ofc

Terry Knight

Avista Utilities

Business Continuity Specialist

Courtney Rose

Tacoma Public Utilities

Emergency Manager

Eli King

Washington State Department of Commerce

Energy Emergency Management Director

Michelle Vargo

Seattle City Light

Chief Operating Officer