Emergency Preparedness

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OE'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.