FMEA-FMPA Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Forum

Orlando, FL
May 8, 2018 • Orlando, Florida • 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Hurricane season is almost here. As public power utilities, we have an enormous responsibility to our customers and communities to efficiently restore power to their homes and businesses after a storm. One thing we found is that when used properly, our mutual aid program works well during times of disaster and need. When our customers are faced with major outages, it is vital that we communicate effectively so that we can provide and receive assistance quickly and efficiently as possible.

This forum will provide legislative updates, lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season, mutual aid operations and procedures, an a opportunity to network with fellow utility peers.

Forum Agenda:

General Session

9:30 – 10:00 am Welcome and Hurricane Irma Review,
Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, FMEA

Hurricane Irma caused significant damage and widespread power outages throughout Florida. All 34 of Florida’s public power utilities were impacted. Hear a summary of the impacts, restoration efforts, and challenges public power faced and learn how you can be prepared for the 2018 season.

10:00 – 10:30 am Hurricane Irma: The Key West Impact and Recovery,
Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO, Keys Energy Services
10:30 – 10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 – 11:15 am Mutual Aid Best Practices,
Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, FMEA

Hurricane Irma was the largest pre-planned mutual aid event ever. Learn about mutual aid processes and procedures as outlined in APPA’s Mutual Aid Playbook, and how they are implemented in Florida.

11:15 am – Noon Pre-disaster Assessment: Reviewing Your Restoration Plan, Tommy Hopkins, President, Storm Services, Cairo, Georgia

When a natural disaster strikes, the event can quickly become overwhelming to manage. Your restoration plan and logistics coordination will either get you off to a great recovery effort or have you scrabbling and wasting restoration time. This presentation will offer tools to asses your utilities readiness to face such challenges.

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch

Breakout Roundtable Sessions

T&D and Restoration Operations, Amy Zubaly and Mike McCleary, Facilitators
1:00 –1:30 pm How’s Your Plan Working? Mike McCleary, Manager of Member Services Development, Florida Municipal Power Agency
1:30-2:00 pm GRU Storm Restoration and Safety Guide for Visiting Mutual Aid Crews, David Sparks, Electric T&D Manager, GRU
2:00 – 4:00 pm Roundtable discussion
Customer Services, Communications and Community Outreach, Julio Torrado and James Barnes, Facilitators
1:00 –1:30 pm Communication in Crisis, Julio Torrado, Director of Human Resources and Communications
1:30 – 4:00 pm Roundtable discussion
Logistics Coordinators, Cheryl Anderson, and Sharon Smeenk Facilitators
1:00 –1:30 pm Optimizing Your Resources and Logistics Planning, Tommy Hopkins, President, Storm Services, Cairo, Georgia
1:30 – 4:00 pm Roundtable discussion

Who Should Attend?

Utility Directors, Mutual aid coordinators, T&D Managers, Lineworker Foremen, Lineworkers, Supervisors, Safety Managers, Safety Officers, Safety and Training Coordinators, Engineers, Customer Service Managers and Representatives, Key Account Managers and Representatives, Communication Managers and Specialists, Community Outreach Coordinators


Registration Fee: (light breakfast and lunch provided)
$75.00 per person

Registration Deadline
Please register by May 2, 2018

Meeting & Hotel Location:

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 859-1500
Hotel Room Rate $109 per night ask for the FMEA rate.


Cheryl Anderson, Director of Training and Member Services, FMEA (850) 251-5465