APPA works with utilities, state associations and joint action agencies on mutual aid efforts. More than 2,000 utilities have signed a mutual aid agreement that addresses coordination with federal government agencies during widespread power outages.
About the Network
The American Public Power Association works with its utility, state association, and joint action agency members, as well as other industry associations and federal agencies, to enhance communication during preparation for and recovery from disasters.
Mutual Aid Working Group
APPA’s Mutual Aid Working Group (MAWG) is comprised of representatives from public power utilities, state associations, and joint action agencies. The MAWG was developed in July 2013 and held its first meeting in September 2013 in Washington, D.C. The goal of the MAWG is to advance public power’s mutual aid and disaster management best practices for large-scale events.
Mutual Aid Agreement Signatories
The list of public power utilities who have signed the mutual aid agreement form and submitted it to APPA are accessible by FEMA region in the above map. If you would like a copy of your signed agreement, please email email@example.com and we will be happy to send it to you. If you find any error on the page, please alert as soon as possible so that the information is kept up-to-date and accurate.
Click here to download a copy of the Mutual Aid Agreement.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the trade association for cooperative utilities, maintains the list of their members that have signed the agreement.
The Mutual Aid Working Group developed the Public Power Mutual Aid Playbook (MAP) for public power utilities, network coordinators, and APPA to refer to during disasters to ensure efficient power restoration after outages. Non-members can view the Executive Summary here.
The MAP is segmented into the nation’s ten public power mutual aid regions, which are based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency regions. The playbook ensures a coordinated response with state and federal government officials and lists roles and responsibilities of utilities, network coordinators, and national coordinators. The MAP also provides resources such as sample mutual aid agreements, damage assessment templates, and resource request and approval forms to help utilities before, during, and after an event.
Click here to find out more about the playbook.
Click here for the most updated list of network coordinators for the ten APPA regions. During a large-scale event, APPA encourages individual utilities to reach out to the network coordinators in their state. Then, APPA will reach out to those network coordinators on any issues related to the federal government.
APPA encourages public power utilities, public utility districts, state associations, or joint action agencies that have developed a list of regional coordinators to send us up-to-date lists of those contacts. Please feel free to email your list of regional coordinators to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Power National Tabletop Exercise
In October 2016, APPA, in cooperation with the Department of Energy (DOE), is hosting its first ever tabletop exercise to review, validate, and examine gaps within the Mutual Aid Playbook during a large-scale power disruption within the United States. Several Network Coordinators and representatives from the MAWG will be joined by industry and federal government partners in the first ever Public Power National Tabletop Exercise.
Public Power Ready
PublicPower.org/Ready is a new resource to help customers understand what the public power community is doing to prepare for a storm, and offers steps customers can take to safely weather storms in their area. The page also features a collection of tools for utilities to help them in their own preparations.
Click here to visit the Ready page.
Stay in Touch
APPA’s Mutual Aid Listserv:
In 2012, APPA developed a mutual aid-specific listserv for all APPA regular members (public power utilities, public utility districts, state associations, and joint action agencies). The primary purpose of the listserv is for public power organizations to communicate during natural disasters—provide restoration updates, request aid, etc. The secondary purpose it to share best practices, lessons learned, and general information on mutual aid and disaster recovery.
Let us know if you would like to be added to the listserv.
APPA’s Mutual Aid Team:
Michael Hyland, Senior Vice President, Engineering Services
Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Manager
Giacomo Wray, Engineering Services Assistant
Our team can be reached at MutualAid@PublicPower.org or by calling 202-467-2900.