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Storm Restoration Workshop Missouri Public Utility Alliance Mutual Aid Program Mike Conyers Director of Lineworker Safety & Training Jefferson City, Missouri.

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1 Storm Restoration Workshop Missouri Public Utility Alliance Mutual Aid Program Mike Conyers Director of Lineworker Safety & Training Jefferson City, Missouri October 19, 2009

2 MPUA Mutual Aid Program For many years, the Missouri Public Utility Alliance Mutual Aid Program has helped our member utilities face the risks of storm damage and other unpredictable emergency needs. Emergency readiness has grown in importance with heightened customer demands and concerns about a broader range of potential threats and vulnerabilities. The program is geared for all relevant types of municipal utilities - electric, gas & water. Participation in the MPUA Mutual Aid Program is FREE. An MPUA member utility simply needs to have its governing board adopt an ordinance indicating its intention to participate.

3 A regional organizational structure provides more localized readiness, with periodic contact that promotes continuing awareness of the program. The state is split up into 4 different sections. Within these sections are 2 coordinators who can be contacted to help crews respond to the affected area. Northwest Region Director: Don Trigg, Higginsville Alternate Director: Jim Paul, Carrolton Northeast Region Director: Bill Elliott, Monroe City Alternate Director: Scott Lucas, Macon Southeast Region Director: Wayne McSpadden, Sikeston Alternate Director: Jim Davidson, West Plains Southwest Region Director: Brent McKinney, Springfield Alternate Director: Doug Colvin, Nixa

4 NORTH EAST Berger *Centralia *Clarence *Columbia *Fulton *Hannibal *Hermann *Kahoka *Macon Madison Memphis Middletown Moberly *Monroe City New Florence New Haven *Palmyra *Paris *Perry *Shelbina *Vandalia NORTH WEST *Albany *Bethany Burlington Jct. California *Cameron *Carrollton *Chillicothe Craig *Fayette *Gallatin Grant City Greenwood *Higginsville *Independence *La Plata *Marceline *Marshall Maryville *Milan *Odessa Plattsburg Ravenwood *Rock Port *Salisbury Sedalia *Slater *Stanberry *Trenton *Unionville SOUTH EAST *Campbell Cuba Ellsinore *Farmington *Fredericktown Hayti Houston *Jackson *Kennett *Kirkwood Lake Lotawana *Malden Mountain View *New Madrid *Owensville *Poplar Bluff Salem *Sikeston St. Clair *St. James *Steelville *Sullivan *Thayer *West Plains *Willow Springs SOUTH WEST *Ava Bolivar *Butler Carl Junction *Carthage *Crane Crocker *El Dorado Springs Harrisonville Kimberling City Lake Ozark *Lamar *Lebanon *Lockwood *Monett *Mount Vernon Newburg *Nixa *Osceola Republic *Richland Rogersville *Rolla *Springfield *St. Robert Warsaw *Waynesville MPUA Member Cities - * indicates Mutual Aid Participant

5 A compilation of information on participating utility systems helps responders arrive on the scene with a better understanding of the system they are assisting. Electric contact name & cell phone number Available personnel, interconnecting utility, transmission voltage, distribution, percentage of system overhead/underground, SCADA system, generation data: unit capacity (kW), engine type, make, model, fuel used Size of poles in stock, X-arms in stock, distribution pad & pole mount transformers, substation transformers & breakers, underground cable and aerial conductors Equipment available: bucket truck, backhoe, digger derricks, trenchers, fault detecting equipment, generators on vehicles, mobile substations, standby generators, hot line trailers, pole trailers, reel trailers, line locators, phasing sticks, portable floodlights, portable pumps, boring equipment, shoring equipment, splices, tree trimming equipment Gas contact name & cell phone number System pressures, types & sizes of mains, miles of each size & type, types & size of service, percentage of system plastic/other, size & brands of meters, amount & size of pipe in inventory, types of regulators, type/size of valves, available personnel classification and type of equipment available Water/wastewater contact name & cell phone number Water pollution control, head works pumping equipment, collection system pumping equipment, number of lift stations, capacity & manufacturer of pumps, sewage collection system, drinking water treatment, type of treatment, finished water storage and water distribution system

6 When a member utility is in need of mutual aid assistance, they contact me or the Alliance Office. Based on that initial contact, I call member utilities that are closest to the affected area for assistance. The requested utilities determine whether it is feasible for them to respond to the request for mutual aid assistance. They are not required to provide assistance, it is on a voluntary basis. Equipment and manpower are sent according to the information received. Information on extent of the damage is crucial to the deployment of the amount of help that will be sent. Emergency facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, police departments, and fire & rescue have priority over residential areas. The cities receiving the help are responsible for acquiring places for the workers to eat and sleep. These can range from churches, to tents, to school gymnasiums. The Red Cross often assists with these needs. How It Works...

7 Challenges... One of the biggest challenges we face is the getting the proper information. Without field personnel on-site to assess the damage, it is hard to make the proper deployment of men and equipment needed to repair the damage. This creates a slow process in having to contact additional crews to come in and help. Most areas are not familiar with the type of equipment and manpower needed for restoration. Paperwork on the cities part to start the process with both SEMA and FEMA is a challenge to cities who never been affected by this type of damage before. Having a direct contact at SEMA and FEMA to help with the paperwork is necessary to help prevent delays in reimbursement. When going out of state, copies of work contracts and all other paperwork must be in order prior to departure. This can be a slow process at times.

8 Accomplishments... We have been able to send crews to Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois (just to name a few), to assist in the restoration of power to thousands of people. We have utilize other state programs to bring in help when needed. Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas are states where I have direct contacts to call for additional help if and when we need them. This is crucial to every state that has a Mutual Aid program to be able to rely on each other when a disaster occurs.

9 Mutual Aid Assistance Provided During... Hurricane Katrina – August 2005 Hurricane Rita – September 2005 Tornado in Monroe City – March 2006 Ice Storm – January 2007 Owensville, Sullivan, Kirkwood, Nixa, Crane, Mt. Vernon, St. Robert, Waynesville, Richland, Lebanon Snow Storm – December 2007 Cameron, Hannibal, Independence, LaPlata, Marshall, Monett, Nixa, Odessa, West Plains Ice Storm – January 2008 Lamar, Carthage, El Dorado Springs, Cameron, Albany, Bethany Ice Storm – February 2008 Springfield, Ava, Houston, Rogersville, Jackson, Sikeston Ice Storm – January 2009 Campbell, Kennett, Malden, Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, Thayer, West Plains, Piggott, AR Tornado in Fredericktown – May 2009

10 Ice Storms

11 Tornados

12 Questions... Mike Conyers Director of Lineworker Safety & Training (cell) (office) (fax)


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