Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

As historic and devastating floods continue to affect tens of thousands in Louisiana this week, NEMA has put its disaster relief plan into action

In 2015, NEMA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) formulated a standard operating procedure for natural disasters that affect the transmission and use of electricity. NEMA’s southern region field representative, Bryan Holland, has spearheaded efforts to follow this procedure and provide aid to officials in Louisiana this week.

  • We established contact with the Office of State Fire Marshal and the Uniform Construction Code Council. At their request, we sent additional copies of the NEMA white paper Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment.
  • State officials distributed NEMA documents, website links, and ESFI infographics to building departments in areas affected by the flooding.
  • The Louisiana Building Officials Association’s aid/damage assessment list included contact information for the NEMA southern field representative.
  • We monitored FEMA reports and updates and forwarded vital information to contacts in lower Louisiana.
  • We contacted member company facilities in the impacted regions to offer NEMA support and resources.

Visit the NEMA website to learn more and to access safety resources, including our updated guide, Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment.

Access more safety information from ESFI.

Flooding infographic (3)

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