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NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has left sheer devastation in five states along the Atlantic Coast. While significant flooding from rain and storm surge was anticipated in several coastal communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; not even the most experienced weather experts at the National Hurricane Center were able to predict the deluge of rain that would fall on North Carolina and Southeast Virginia in the final hours of the storm before it dissipated out to sea. The rivers and streams in…

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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 […]

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 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. Read more […]

Learn the 2017 NEC from Industry Leaders

Learn the 2017 NEC from Industry Leaders

NEMA field and member-company representatives will provide expert information about revisions to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) at the following venues. International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) Georgia Chapter Meeting Jekyll Island, Georgia July 13–15 NEC Code Panel Q&A Session with Bryan Holland, NEMA; Thomas Domitrovich, Eaton; Vince Saporita, Eaton; and Dave Mercier, Southwire IAEI Treasure Coast Division Meeting Port St. Lucie, Florida Read more […]

Midwest Region Code Adoption Activity

Midwest Region Code Adoption Activity

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA As the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) approaches the final stages in its development, several states have begun the adoption process. NEC advocates in those states are optimistic about being early-adoption leaders in 2017. Illinois Illinois is a local-adoption state. This means that municipalities with a building department may adopt and amend building Read more […]

NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” hurricane season with approximately 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes.  However, it only takes one landfall to have catastrophic consequences. The NEMA Field Representatives are reaching out to our contacts in the electrical and emergency management industries to remind them that NEMA has many programs in place Read more […]