Hammonton, NJ, June 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Michael Caffrey, Vice President of Operations for Emergency Preparedness Partnerships (EPP), is honored to have been hand-picked as a key speaker and moderator at the 2014 Storm Restoration and Emergency Planning for the Power Sector Conference which was recently held in Toronto. Caffrey was a panel moderator as well as a workshop leader.
Caffrey was the lead presenter and a panel moderator at the session entitled, “Examining Regional Coordination and Cross-Border Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreements to Share Resources for Severe Weather Events.” The panel encompassed Devin McCarty, Director of Transmission and Distribution at CEA, Larry Brownell, Executive Director at Northeast Public Power Association, Bill Smeaton from HydroOne Networks, Inc., and Tim Hayes, Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations Services and Emergency Response at Central Hudson Gas & Electric. He also successfully led a workshop entitled “Storm Planning and Response 101: Ensuring Your Utility is Prepared and Can Successfully Respond to the Next Severe Weather Event.”
Caffrey was the logical choice to lead these discussions because he has more than 43 years of experience in the utility industry. His areas of specialization for EPP include managing response and restoration events, conducting physical security assessments, and planning for critical infrastructure protection. He has been a featured speaker at dozens of industry conferences including programs organized by Edison Electric Institute (EEI), New York Mutual Assistance Group (NYMAP), Western Energy Institute (WEI), the State of Maryland, the State of Delaware, the State of New Jersey, and many more.
“Although I’ve participated in dozens of conferences and seminars over the years, I truly enjoyed my participation at the 2014 Storm Restoration and Emergency Planning for the Power Sector Conference,” said Caffrey. “Not only did the conference educate industry stakeholders on strategies to improve prevention, response and recovery from severe power outages, but it also delved deeply into what we learned from Hurricane Sandy which, due to its unprecedented nature, was extremely valuable information.”
The conference was sponsored by the Canadian Electricity Association and received high marks for the huge variety of storm restoration topics it featured, all of which are critical to utilities and municipalities. Recent storms and severe climate events have placed heightened stress on utility infrastructure. With greater reliability demanded by the general public, local utilities, emergency planners, cities, and governing bodies must respond with new strategies, resources, and adaptation techniques to strengthen the electric grid. Therefore, the conference is focused on topics such as best practices from recent storms, optimal communication strategies, mutual aid and assistance programs, resource coordination strategies, and technological innovations that can help reduce the impact of major storms.
The conference was designed for people across all levels of responsibility, including emergency planners, outage managers, operations directors, presidents, control room managers, operation planners, field crew managers, city planners, municipal administrators, response coordinators, consultants, engineering directors, academics, urban planners, safety managers, and any other person with a hand in his or her company’s emergency planning and disaster preparedness policies and procedures.
“If you’re in the utility industry, this is one of those must-attend events, and because of that my #1 objective was to deliver maximum informational value to all the attendees,” said Caffrey. “Proper storm restoration planning is more important today than it was just 5 years ago, and so it’s important that all the participants come out of the conference with a full understanding of what needs to be done in severe weather situations.”
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Emergency Preparedness Partnerships’ experienced utility veterans help create fully customized and highly functional disaster preparedness plans for utility companies. EPP offers A-Z solutions addressing any emergency preparedness need, including plan and procedure development, exercises and drills, employee training, and anything in-between. EPP’s wide range of services are designed to help any company plan, prepare for, and ultimately mitigate the disruptions caused by natural disasters and other potentially critical incidents that can quickly send an organization into crisis mode. EPP’s overarching goal is to help organizations deal with these incidents efficiently, cost effectively, with minimum risk, and with a high regard for the potential impact on employees, facilities and customers. For more information, visit http://emergencypreparednesspartnerships.com/.