Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) Annual Meeting (Nov 04-06)

Nearly 20 years ago the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement was adopted by many gas and electric utilities throughout Western North America to support one another in the event of emergencies affecting generation, transmission, distribution, or other business operations. Parties involved in the WRMAA twice annually to share best practices, discuss key emergency response issues, and in the fall, review the agreement itself and name the annual custodian.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dave Ponozzo, Clark County PUD

    • Program Location
    • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
    • 2 East Jefferson Street
      Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    • Who Should Attend
      • Parties to the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
      • Emergency management coordinators
      • Disaster recovery planners
      • Directors of business continuity planning
      • Managers of emergency preparedness and response¬†
      • Safety specialists
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1,259 USD

    Member registration price increases $100 after October 11, 2019. Regular registration price increases $240 after October 11, 2019. Registration includes all attendee materials, reception Monday night, breakfast and lunch Tuesday, and breakfast Wednesday. Guest tickets are available for $50 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.


Monday, November 4, 2019

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

WRMAG Executive Meeting

WRMAG Executive Committee Members Only

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration + Badge Pickup

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Session 1

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

In Case of Crisis App Demonstration

In Case of Crisis is a mobile App that Southern California Edison sponsors for the RMAG. Within the App there is a WRMAG Toolkit with information that can be accessed anytime, even without a WiFi or cellular connection.
– Access provided free to all WRMAA Attachment B Incident and Authorizing contacts
– Provides WRMAA Executive Committee and company contacts, a WRMAA parties list, and national incident contacts
– Includes WRMAA documentation
– Procedures for joint conference calls

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 3

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 4

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mock It Up
Speaker(s): T.M. Sandulak, Manager, Emergency Management, FortisBC

This session provides a 90-minute table-top scenario for an incident. We will assign roles for participants to actively participate in the mock drill. After the mock drill, we will take time for lessons and as a group, discuss the "ah-ha moments" from the exercise.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 6

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Session 7

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 1 Close

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

WRMAG Annual Business Meeting

Up for election is a four-year term for a position on the Executive Committee. This position is limited to publicly owned electric utility employees. Additionally, the following business items are on the agenda:
* Formally adopt updating Operating Procedures.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

WRMAA Activation Exercise and and Closing Roundtable

We will walk through all the steps in a formal WRMAA activation request, including the process and technology that is used. We will also look for ways to improve the process so that Members know what to do when help is needed.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Day 2 Close and WRMAA Annual Business Meeting Adjourn

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 1 (800) – KIMPTON to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) and use the discount code ‘HJV’ to receive a special rate of $219 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 11, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

TM Sandulak


Manager, Emergency Management