Emergency events and integrated response requirements are increasingly dependent on energy company operations to provide core support in emergency management situations. The National Incident Management System is a structure for management of large-scale or multi-jurisdictional incidents. It is being phased in at the federal, state and local levels. Eventually, any jurisdiction seeking federal Homeland Security grant money will have to demonstrate that it is NIMS compliant. Within a utility organization, the Incident Command System strengthens the company's response to avoid emergencies developing into crises. WEI's ICS Leadership program supports our Members as they build utility-based ICS training programs for their companies, using examples and sharing training materials to efficiently and effectively implement and maintain ICS in their organizations.
This program is developed by and provided for electricity and natural gas employees with responsibilities in business continuity and emergency management, business resilience, incident command system training, first responders, those wanting to share US and Canada ICS best practices, and others considering ICS for their organizations.
Member: $349 USD
Regular: $649 USD
Registration prices increase $100 after March 3, 2020. Registration includes all meals and program materials.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Optional Industry Tour
View one of SDG&E’s Mobile Command Trailers and take a tour of the Emergency Operations Center along with briefings from specialists in Climate and Meteorology, Fire Coordination, Vegetation Management and Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). There is no additional charge for this tour.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration + Networking
Make some time to greet each other and settle in before the program begins at 1 pm.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Welcome to San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Speaker(s): John Jenkins, Vice President, Electric System Operations, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Heather Weim, Operational Field Emergency Readiness Manager,, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Current ICS Challenges and Opportunities Roundtable
What ICS challenges and successes are at the forefront of Operations for your company?
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
An ICS Journey – Presentation with Case Study Insights
Speaker(s): Erin Swearingen, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Avista Corp.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
East Coast Utility Application of ICS
Speaker(s): Dean Desautels, Manager - Emergency Preparedness, Eversource Energy
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wrap Up Day 1
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hosted Networking Dinner
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast will be available at the hotel for all program participants.
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome to Day 2
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
How Do We Determine Our Leaders?
Facilitator(s): Chris Snyder, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Resource Ordering, Logistics and Finance
Speaker(s): Erin Swearingen, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Avista Corp., Keith Garcia, Emergency Coordinator, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Tom Jacobus, Principal Manager Business Resiliency, Southern California Edison
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Struggling with ICS Implementation? Applying During Actual Incidents?
Moderator(s): Justin Withers, Manager, Central Region Operations, Dominion Energy Utah
Panelist(s): Dean Desautels, Manager - Emergency Preparedness, Eversource Energy, Erin Swearingen, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Avista Corp., Keith Garcia, Emergency Coordinator, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
ICS Training – Documentation, Tracking and Sustainability
Facilitator(s): Lydia Mertyris, Emergency Planning & Preparedness Program Manager, Hawaiian Electric Company
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Please use the reservation link or contact the hotel directly at (858) 573-0700 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with WEI Incident Command System Leadership group to receive a special rate of $169 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 3, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.
Complimentary breakfast for up to 2 people and complimentary overnight parking are included.
Erin Swearingen is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with over 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 utility and financial industries.
Erin has been with Avista for over 8 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.
Erin currently serves as the Chair of the Western Region Mutual Assistance Group – Executive Committee, and represents the WRMAG as a member of EEI’s Mutual Assistance/Emergency Preparedness Committee. Erin also serves as the President of the Washington State Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP).