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The Power of Mutual Aid

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

When members need help, they know they can count on colleagues from around the state. It’s the power of Mutual Aid (MA).

IAMU Director of Member Services Dave Hraha was contacted by Brad Willemssen, Electric Superintendent from City of Sibley, last Thursday morning at 5:09 a.m. At that time, he was calling in with 45 poles down on their rural line to Bigelow. More poles went down during the event. 

Hraha then contacted Roger Morris, Spencer Municipal Utilities Electric Manager and IAMU MA Primary Coordinator in Region 1, and John Bilsten, Algona Municipal Utilities General Manger and Secondary Coordinator in Region 1, along with Rod Vitchum, Algona Electric Line Superintendent. Morris and Vitchum led the response.  

Those members that assisted included:

  • Spencer
  • Algona
  • Sioux Center
  • Sergeant Bluff
  • Hartley
  • Alta
  • Aurelia
  • Webster City
  • Atlantic (equipment)\
  • Orange City (stand-by)

Power was restored Saturday night.

“Thank you cannot be said enough,” Willemssen wrote in an email. “Everyone worked hard to get it done. Crews took different tasks on the project and worked together well. It is obvious that the Mutual Aid program is very organized by how smooth everything went.”

 

 

Tags:  Mutual Aid  Sibley Municipal Utilities 

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Updated IAMU Mutual Aid Program Book Now Available

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, July 19, 2018

IAMU has updated the IAMU Mutual Aid Program book (Revision June 2018). Please print it and/or save it electronically for your use during a Mutual Aid (MA) event. Note that several regions have new Primary and/or Secondary Coordinators. We will be offering hard copies of the MA booklet at face-to-face meeting throughout the year. 

We have this MA booklet on our IAMU website. Click: 
https://cdn.ymaws.com/…/resource/resmgr/…/iamu_ma_binder.pdf

We have several MA regions with new Primary or Secondary Coordinators, so please print off booklets now so you have the correct phone numbers to call during a MA event.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Change to our IAMU Connect (our website mutual aid search tool) on the IAMU website. Unfortunately, the IAMU Connect MA tool is discontinuing. The service provider for this tool was recently purchased and has decided mutual aid will not be part of their business model. IAMU will receive all the data from the old company, and we are trying to figure out our next move forward -- create our own system or another solution.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dave Hraha, Director of Member Services, 515.289.1999, dhraha@iamu.org

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A Big Thank-You From Wall Lake for the Mutual Aid Support

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wall Lake experienced a gas leak and disconnection on April 5. The community had 295 customers without gas service. Nine communities, as well as the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, sent help through the Mutual Aid Program to re-light furnaces and the like. Some 14 certified gas operators along with firemen spent six to eight hours performing no-flow tests and re-lighting appliances.

Wall Lake would like to thank all those who responded to the Mutual Aid call for doing an awesome job:

Wall Lake experienced a gas leak and disconnection on April 5. The community had 295 customers without gas service. Nine communities, as well as the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, sent help through the Mutual Aid Program to re-light furnaces and the like. Some 14 certified gas operators along with firemen spent six to eight hours performing no-flow tests and re-lighting appliances.

Wall Lake would like to thank all those who responded to the Mutual Aid call for doing an awesome job:

  • Coon Rapids – 2 employees
  •  Harlan – 2 employees
  •  Manilla – 1 employee
  •  Manning – 2 employees
  •  Waukee – 1 employee
  •  Woodbine – 1 employee
  •  Alton – 1 employee
  •  Sac City – 1 employee
  •  Sioux Center – 1 employee
  •  IAMU – 1 employee

Tags:  Gas  Mutual Aid  Wall Lake 

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Denison Municipal Utilities Employees Recognized for Mutual Aid Response

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aaron Coret and Mike Miller, lineman for the Denison Municipal Utilities were recognized at the municipal electric utility's regular monthly Board of Trustees Monday afternoon.

The certificates of appreciation read "Denison Municipal Utilities is extremely proud of the power restoration service that was provided to Moore Haven, Florida following the destruction of Hurricane Irma in September, 2017."

Thank you guys for representing DMU and the community of Denison, Iowa!

Tags:  Denison Municipal Utilities  Hurricane Irma  Mutual Aid 

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Florida’s Public Power Communities Extend Heartfelt Appreciation to Mutual Aid Response

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida last week causing catastrophic damage and widespread power outages. At the peak, nearly 7 million customers were without power, with more than 800,000 of those from Florida’s public power communities. In partnership with the American Public Power Association, the Florida Municipal Electric Association put out a nationwide call for mutual aid assistance, and the response from public power communities across the country was extraordinary.

More than 1,000 crews from public power in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and across New England came to Florida’s aid.

Seven Iowa municipal utilities responded to the call for assistance, including:

  • Alta
  • Ames
  • Denison
  • Lake Park
  • Muscatine
  • Sioux Center
  • Spencer

These crews are now back in Iowa.

To everyone who has reached out to help in Florida, especially to all the lineworkers who suffered through fuel shortages and severe traffic problem to come to Florida’s aid. Words cannot describe how grateful we are to each and every one of you. Thank you!

Tags:  Florida  FMEA  Irma  Mutual Aid 

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