Rural Communities Power Outage by dffhrtcv3


									Power Outage in
Rural Communities
Lenora G. Borchardt
Session Guidelines
   This is not a test. Varying viewpoints, even
    disagreements, are expected. This is intended to be an
    open, low-stress environment.
   This setting is the ideal opportunity to consider different
    approaches that might be improvements to your current
    resources, plans and training.
   Relax and participate/ask questions – you will get out of
    this what you put into it.
   Tabletop exercises do not solve problems, they identify
    issues that should be resolved in another forum.
  The purpose of this exercise is to discuss potential
  activities that might occur in the preparation, response
  and recovery phases of a power outage in rural

Activities might include:
 Notification and activation
 Interagency coordination and communication (e.g., ICP, EOC, JIC,
   hospital) and Public Information
 Incident/Unified command
 Resource management (incl. staging)
 Needs assessment (critical facilities, individuals…)
 Shelter-in-place/evacuation/reception/sheltering
 Special needs support
   Please state:
     Your name
     Your agency
     Your role
Scenario Background
 It is the week before the Christmas
 The National Weather Service has issued
  a hazardous weather outlook for three
  days from now.
 Snow and sleet are expected.
 This storm will have dangerously cold
  temperatures/wind chills associated with it.
Activation of a Planning Team
   What are the risks               What elements might be
    associated with this storm?       included in the plan of
   Who is responsible for            action to mitigate the most
    recognizing the potential         dangerous/serious of the
    problems associated with          complications?
    this storm and instigating       How are you structuring the
    actions?                          management of this incident
   What agencies should be           (multiple ICs, UC?) Is the
    invited to a meeting to           EOC activated? If so, to
    prepare for the upcoming          what level?
    storm?                           What public information is
                                      being released? Are you
                                      utilizing a JIC? If so, what
                                      agencies are being
The Storm Strikes…
   It is the Friday before the Christmas holiday
   The storm began at 10:00 am with sleeting and
    icing of the roads and is expected to end
    tomorrow afternoon.
   Dispatch is reporting:
     Many traffic accidents tying up the first responders
     Widespread power outages due to lines coming down
   An electrical substation that powers ½ of your
    county is down and it is unknown when a
    replacement will be found and made operational.
   School is in session today but it is an early
    dismissal (2:00) day.
   Most children will be bussed to their homes
    where their parents will meet them after work.
   Many of the homes are without power and heat.
   The Winter Snowflake Dance is scheduled
    tonight after the basketball game with the
    conference rivals.
Senior Center
   The Senior Center is             The center also provides
    open today for lunch and          a “Meals-on-Wheels”
    cards but the power has           service to those with
    gone out. Many seniors            mobility impairments. For
    are there but the center          many it is their only hot
    director is unsure if it is       meal. The director is
    safe for them to drive            unsure if it is safe to send
    home – especially if their        out drivers but is
    houses are without power          concerned about the
    and heat.                         clients, who may also be
                                      without power and heat.
Health Care
   The hospital is running on back-up power
     The   generator only powers critical outlets
     The contracted fuel company is unsure if they
      will be able to deliver additional diesel
     The ED is filled with accident patients
     People are seeking warmth at the hospital
     Workers are having difficulty getting in to work
   The local nursing home is without power
Government Offices

   Your EOC is without power; dispatch is on
    alternate power
   The rest of the government offices are without
     Officesare being closed early and employees are
      being sent home
   Several first response vehicles have had
    accidents or are stuck
   The jail is without power
Public Works/Water
   The highway crews have been out since the
    storm hit and are reaching their CDL time limits
   Several water mains have frozen and broken
     The fire chief is concerned that there may not be
      adequate pressure in the system if there is a fire – a
      common occurrence with Christmas trees and
      chimneys in use
     Roads near the breaks are thickly iced
     Some residents are now also without water
   People are reporting that:
     They  have no power/heat
     They have no water
     They are looking for late/missing/isolated
      family members
     Trees have fallen on their homes, exposing
      them to the elements
     Driveways and roadways are blocked with
      trees or are impassible due to ice

   The local stores are out of staples; deliveries are on hold
    until the roads are cleared and the freezers/refrigerators
    are out of food and are out of power.
   The local industrial plant has cancelled shifts because of
    power and water outages and treacherous roads. Some
    critical equipment employees must remain at the plant.


Your Homework…

   Remember, the benefits of
    these exercises are not fully
    realized until we take the
    lessons learned and update
    our plans and training.

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