Jul

15-16

Incident Command System Leadership – Virtual (Jul 15-16)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Ann Steeves, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
    • 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.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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 Beverly Woolf, Program Manager at (503) 688-2790.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Current ICS Challenges and Successes Roundtable

Utilities are utilizing ICS in the Field, Department Operations Center (DOC), and Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  This roundtable/facilitated discussion will be a lively conversation with your peers about what successes or challenges they have experienced.  Whether you work in Electric, Gas or another utility environment “culturizing” ICS for the utility world takes time, effort and investment in the future.  It typically takes several years to mature ICS in any organization and requires change management and folks that understand how to take what was originally a government based system and convert it to a utility-compatible system.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Avista: An ICS Journey, Lessons Learned, Adaptations and the Path Forward
Speaker(s): Erin Swearingen, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Avista Corp.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Break

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

East Coast Utility Application of ICS
Speaker(s): Dean Desautels, Manager - Emergency Preparedness, Eversource Energy

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Social Time

Friday, July 16, 2021

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome and Get Reacquainted

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Universal Electric Sector ICS Planning and Execution Document
Speaker(s): Todd Simmons, General Manager, Tillamook PUD, Ben Feliz, Emergency Coordination Manager, Clark Public Utilities

Get an update on the initiative, undertaken jointly by the Edison Electric Institute and the American Public Power Association, to develop a universal Electric Sector ICS planning and execution document.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Resource Ordering, Logistics and Finance
Panelist(s): Tom Jacobus, Principal Manager Business Resiliency, Southern California Edison, Keith Garciav, Emergency Coordinator, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Kris Bourbois, Emergency Services Program Specialist, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, John Ritter, Facilities Operations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

The transition from “Blue Sky to Grey Sky” or a regular work day to an emergency response activation is something that needs to be smoothed out.  Using the majority of the processes you typically use on a normal work day helps to create a seamless transition when you have to “turn on a dime” and convert your workforce to emergency responders.  Depending on the size, scope and impacts of the emergency how you conduct Resource Ordering, Logistics and Finance processes can truly aid in the response or make matters more chaotic.  This panel will share the lessons they have learned along the way and improvements they have made in supporting the Field Response when it is needed most.  

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Struggling with ICS Implementation and Application During Actual Incidents?
Moderator(s): Ann Steeves, Sr. Emergency Response Advisor – Electric Regional Operations (ERO), San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Panelist(s): Keith Garcia, Emergency Coordinator, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Erin Swearingen, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Avista Corp., Dean Desautels, Manager - Emergency Preparedness, Eversource Energy, Justin Withers, Manager, Central Region Operations, Dominion Energy Utah

ICS is at its core, Management by Objectives, Strategies and Tactics.  Humans have been using the same skills set their entire lives, they just haven’t called it ICS.  This panel will discuss how they have worked to implement ICS in their utility as well as how they have used workgroups, training and exercises prior to an emergency to strengthen their capacity and capabilities for emergency response and recovery.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

ICS in the Field
Speaker(s): Jorge Balvaneda, Operational Field & Emergency Readiness Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Denny Neville, Senior Emergency Readiness Program Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Tim Stuber, Senior Emergency Readiness Program Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

SDG&E has been developing the Incident Support Team (IST) to provide critical support to the Field (Electric or Gas) that consists of a Utility Field Safety Officer, Field Public Information Officer, Liaison/Agency Representative to External First Responders and Logistics Support.  The IST is a resource that is activated and/or field deployable upon request from Electric or Gas to support the Incident Management Team (IMT) responding to the incident from the utility.  In many instances the first utility person on scene is interacting with Fire Agencies, Law Enforcement and other public sector partners.  The IST will report directly to the Utility Field Commander and augment the IMT.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up

Meet The Speakers

Erin Swearingen

Avista Corp.

Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity

Dean Desautels

Eversource Energy

Manager - Emergency Preparedness

Todd Simmons

Tillamook PUD

General Manager

Ben Feliz

Clark Public Utilities

Emergency Coordination Manager

Tom Jacobus

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager Business Resiliency

Keith Garcia

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Emergency Coordinator

Kris Bourbois

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Emergency Services Program Specialist

John Ritter

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Facilities Operations Manager

Ann Steeves

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Sr. Emergency Response Advisor – Electric Regional Operations (ERO)

Justin Withers

Dominion Energy Utah

Manager, Central Region Operations

Jorge Balvaneda

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Operational Field & Emergency Readiness Manager

Denny Neville

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Senior Emergency Readiness Program Advisor

Tim Stuber

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Senior Emergency Readiness Program Advisor