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Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Earthquake! On August 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., I was awakened by strong shaking. As always, it came with no warning. The Napa, California, earthquake was centered about 40 miles from where I live. The 6.0 magnitude quake did upwards of $1 billion damage, left 70,000 residents without electrical power, Read more […]

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Severe weather and fires, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure, may dramatically affect lives and property in the United States in the coming years. This month marks the peak of the hurricane season. Forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, on the other hand, follow no calendar. Read more […]

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA Flooding in the Midwest occurs predominantly in the spring, as the result of an overabundance of snowfall in the upper Midwest and Canada. Rivers and dams overflow into cities, devastating whole communities and displacing residents. Hurricanes cause similar damage elsewhere. Tropical storms peak in September Read more […]

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA On a trip to New York City about a year after Super Storm Sandy plowed up the coast and wreaked havoc on the New York and New Jersey coastlines, I responded to a call from an electrical contractor in Brooklyn whose client ran a laundromat a few blocks from the shore. The contractor asked if I could offer…

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Disaster Preparedness: Have a Plan

Disaster Preparedness: Have a Plan

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Are you prepared? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated September National Preparedness Month. According to the DHS, recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself, your family, and your business will help you prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event. Here are a few easy steps to start your emergency communication plan: Understand how Read more […]

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bryan Holland, Field Representative for the Southern Region, NEMA Coordinating with local officials is essential to NEMA’s standard operating procedure for natural disasters. The first step is to identify individuals and agencies that may need NEMA resources and guidance information before, during, and after a natural disaster. These same entities provide Read more […]