Following the severe and widespread impact of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reviewed the preparation, response, recovery, and restoration activities performed within its organization and by the Energy Sector. Understanding the wide range of challenges encountered by owners and operators of the energy infrastructure, States and localities, utility customers, and the Federal government will establish the basis for continuous improvement in preparedness and response activities.

This document provides an initial review of DOE's Sandy-Nor'easter preparation and response activities, highlights some of the observations made during the response, and recommends specific activities to help DOE move forward with its government colleagues and industry partners to increase the resilience of the nation's energy infrastructure.

For more information about how OE is protecting and improving the resiliency of the Energy Sector in the face of both manmade and natural disasters, visit the Energy Assurance page.