All Hazards Consortium Releases New Report from the Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Workshop

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The All Hazards Consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new report produced from the recent Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Workshop held on January 30, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.

  

THE WORKING GROUP

The Multi-State Fleet Response Initiative Working Group was started in 2011 by the private sector utilities who were looking for ways to expedite their fleet and resource movement across state lines following Hurricane Irene. After the initial meeting in December 2011 with DHS-IP and the AHC, the private sector participants organized a regional working group inclusive of public sector officials. The purpose of this working group was to explore ways to expedite the movement of private sector resources on a multi-state level in support of response efforts and mutual assistance for rapid critical infrastructure restoration. Currently, the working group has private sector participants from 8 sectors including power (electric, gas, oil), transportation, telecommunications, food, water, retail, finance, and chemical.

 

THE WORKSHOP

The Workshop brought together public and private sector operations people to discuss the movement of private sector fleets and resources across multiple state lines in response to Super Storm Sandy.

Super Storm Sandy impacted 10+ states and brought resources from around the U.S. and Canada into the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic regions to assist all response and restoration efforts.

 

The #1 Workshop Takeaway:

A delay of two to four hours in electrical utility fleet movements across multiple state lines can delay electrical power restoration by 24 to 48 hours!

 

THE REPORT

The report captures the participants, issues, discussions, lessons learned, best practices, current solutions, outcomes, opportunities and recommendations from the electric and fuel (gas/oil) sectors.

Regarding the Private Sector Fleet Movement Issue(s):

  • Who participated and what was the objective? Pg. 4, 22
  • Why is multi-state fleet/resource movement across state borders a top concern among power/electric sector CEO’s during a response? Pg.5
  • What are the main issues? Pg.6
  • What are the near-term, mid-term and long term opportunities for improvement of fleet movement? Pg. 7
  • How can the EZ Pass system (and similar systems) be leveraged to expedite private sector fleet movement and improve state toll collections for certain fleets of trucks? What are limitations to this approach? Pg. 7
  • What government partnerships are developing to help address this private sector issue nationally? Pg. 8

 

Regarding the Electrical Sector:

  • What were the lessons learned from Sandy?
  • How did the electric sector work with NJ Office of Information Technology to develop a work around process to expedite fleets/trucks through tool stations? Pg. 9-11
  • What were the joint recommendations to solve some key issues? Page 20-21

 

Regarding the Fuel (Oil & Gas) Sector:

  • How and where was the oil and gas infrastructure damaged? Pg. 12
  • What were some of government’s lessons learned from Sandy? The private sector’s? Pg. 13-15
  • How did the private sector prepare for Sandy? How did government prepare? Pg. 16-17
  • What were the key recommendations from the gas and oil sectors? Pg. 20-21

 

PARTNERS

Many thanks to the partners that helped contribute to the workshop and the report. A special thanks to our hosts PECO Energy, and the partners who helped plan and conduct the workshop:

 

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of New Jersey
  • Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Verizon
  • PECO Energy
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

This report will serve as a guide for future integrated planning between the private and public sectors on this important topic.

 

LINKS

Download Full Report: http://www.ahcusa.org/documents/Multi-StateFleetResponseWorkshopReport-02-21-13-Final-large.pdf

Multi-state Fleet Response Initiative Information: http://www.ahcusa.org/Multi-StateFleetResponseInitiative.htm

 

 

NEXT STEPS

Going forward, the Multi-State Fleet Response Initiative Working Group is focused on producing several products to be used by public and private sector that include:

 

  1. A working group contact directory of its public and private sector members
  2. A state-by-state guidebook for entrance and pass through requirements for private sector fleets to use
  3. A document that outlines the use of the EZ Pass system by fleets, validates the concept, and identifies any limitations and/or exceptions.
  4. A webinar to educate government legislators, regulators and operations personnel on the power grid and the electric sector Mutual Aid process used to plan, prepare and respond to storms and events
  5. An annual calendar and work plan
  6. A charter to formalize the working group

 

If you have questions regarding this report, please contact Kristy Augustosky (kristine.augustosky@ahcusa.org).