Emergency Preparedness

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CESER's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division is responsible for coordinating the protection of critical energy assets and assisting Federal, State, and local governments with disruption preparation, response, and mitigation in support of Presidential Policy Directive 8. DOE (through ISER) is the lead office for executing the Emergency Support Function 12 Energy (ESF-12) mission. This mission is outlined in the National Response Framework (NRF), and it facilitates the assessment, reporting, and restoration of damaged energy systems and components when activated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for incidents requiring a coordinated federal response.

Robust exercises are crucial to ensure industry and government are better prepared to work as a team during real world emergencies, such hurricanes, earthquakes, or cyberattacks. DOE (through ISER) leads preparedness exercises at the local, state, and national levels. In April 2016, for example, DOE led Clear Path IV in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC. Clear Path IV was an interagency exercise focused on testing and evaluating energy sector response plans to address modeled impacts from a scenario depicting a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. In December 2016, In December 2016, DOE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) co-sponsored Liberty Eclipse in Newport, RI. Liberty Eclipse was a regional energy assurance exercise to promote state- and local-level preparedness and resilience for future energy emergencies stemming from a cyber incident. Nearly 100 exercise participants were drawn from key state, local, federal, and industry (electric and oil and natural gas) organizations from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. 

 

Related Links

Presidential Proclamation: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, 2013
Community Guidelines for Energy Emergencies
Overview of Response to Hurricane Sandy-Nor'Easter and Recommendations for Improvement (February 2013)
Comparing the Impacts of Northeast Hurricanes on Energy Infrastructure (April 2013)
National Response Framework (NRF)
NRF ESF-12 Annex
Presidential Policy Directive 8
Presidential Policy Directive 21
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Local Government Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP)
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
State and Local Energy Assurance Planning
State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program 2016 Year in Review
Year-in-Review: 2015 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions
Year-in-Review: 2014 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions
Year-in-Review: 2013 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions
Year-in-Review: 2012 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions
Year-in-Review: 2011 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions