Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement Annual Meeting (Oct 26-28)

In 2003, the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement was signed as an effort for gas and electric utilities throughout Western North America to support one another in the event of an emergency affecting generation, transmission, distribution and/or services. Parties involved in the WRMAA convene every year to share best practices, discuss key emergency response issues, review the agreement itself, and name the annual custodian. If your employer is a party to the WRMAA, take advantage of this annual meeting to develop relationships and network with others involved in emergency response. Many participants also attend the Emergency Response + Assistance Practices program each spring.

General Details

Program Co-Chairs
Mary Hobday, Puget Sound Energy
Greg Ryley, BC Hydro

Program Location
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

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

Registration Options
Member: $599
Regular: $1099

Prices increase $100 after October 5. Registration fee includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.


Wednesday, October 26

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception at Hotel

Thursday, October 27

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
ATCO’s Response to the Ft. McMurray Fires and Lessons Learned
Speaker: Darlene Cox, ATCO Gas
Hear from ATCO on their response to the devastating fires in Alberta.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hurricane Response Shares Similarities to Earthquake Readiness
Speaker: Evermary Hickey, Director of Emergency Management, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
While a hurricane is unlikely in the west, the response efforts to such a devastating event can have application to similar large disaster incidents such as earthquakes.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Critical Infrastructure + Emergency Response
Speaker: Keith Schenkel, Security Advisor, US Federal Government

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tools + Software
An interactive discussion around different tools and software used. We will focus on tools used for crew management, situational information, communications, and more.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mutual Aid Best Practices
Tables will be formed to discuss best practices for onboarding mutual aid, resource typing, logistics, and general mutual aid efficiencies.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Open Roundtable
Attendees will expand on their introductions and expand on any challenges they are experiencing for immediate feedback from the group.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception at Hotel

Friday, October 28

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast at Hotel

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Annual Meeting of the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA)
Review activations, Attachment B’s, Custodian

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
WRMAG Business and Elections
Vote for secretary position. Review of 2017 leadership team and responsibilities.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break and Hotel Check Out

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Exercise for WRMAG Initiation
The group will go through an exercise on how to initiate the WRMAG and what role the WRMAG plays in assisting the mutual aid process.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Planning Session for Spring 2017

12:00 PM
Meeting Adjourn

Hotel + Travel

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480.894.1400

Please contact the hotel directly at 480.894.1400 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $169/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 5, or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Darlene Cox


Evermary Hickey

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Director of Emergency Management

Keith Schenkel

US Federal Government

Security Advisor