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FEMA and Disaster Response Workshop - November 9th & 10th

Posted By Josh Trout, Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015


On November 9th and 10th, 2015, IAMU will hold a FEMA Reimbursement & Disaster Response Plan workshop at the IAMU training complex.  This workshop is relevant for all utilities: broadband, electric, gas, and water. 

In a federally declared disaster, the goal should be to get all the money your utility deserves as rapidly as possible.  Most utilities are leaving big $$$ on the table. FEMA will generally pay 75% of the damage costs. In this presentation, participants will learn what decisions and actions you can undertake to achieve that goal.  Get all the money you qualify for and get it faster.

The other side of this process is your disaster response plan.  Do you have a disaster plan in place?  The main objectives of the Disaster Response Plan is to restore facilities and service, as rapidly as possible in order to minimize the impact from a loss of facilities and services on the utility and to reduce the loss of possible revenue.  You will leave with the basic tools needed to develop your own plan.

Our instructor is Marci Lopez P.E. Mr. Lopez has 35 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer and Senior Manager with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and nearly 10 years of experience with FEMA’s Public Assistance Program for public agencies.  Mr. Lopez has taught utilities across the country how to develop their disaster plans and how to navigate the FEMA process.

  • November 9th: Registration: 12:30—1:00 p.m.
  • Program begins: 1:00 p.m., end of day 4:30 p.m.
  • November 10th: Program Continues: 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Register online here.  You may now pay by credit card on-line.      

Class size will be limited, so register now to reserve your seat.     

Here is the agenda with the questions that will be answered during the workshop:

  • What are the main causes to leave money on the table with FEMA?
  • How can you ensure that you will not lose money due to estimated future costs?
  • At what times in the disaster process does you interact with FEMA?
  • What typical costs are eligible for FEMA reimbursement?
  • What are the significant costs to the utility business systems?
  • How can a public agency get its money faster?
  • How is the disaster response activated?
  • How are employees activated?
  • What is the initial action for employees?
  • How is the disaster response managed and coordinated?
  • Where should the disaster coordination center be located?
  • What is an emergency declaration?
  • How does the utility coordinate and communicate with outside public agencies?
  • What are the priorities for restoration?
  • How important is mutual aid?
  • What is a standing order?
  • What is unique about man-made emergencies?
  • What are essential business functions?
  • In what ways is the recovery effort supported?
  • How are employees supported?
  • What are the essential FEMA interfaces in a federally declared disaster?

Tags:  Ankeny  FEMA  Mutual Aid 

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