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 – 10:05 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.

10:05 – 10:45 am

Hurricane Irma: The Key West Impact and Recovery,
Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO, Keys Energy Services

10:45 – 11:00 am Refreshment Break
11:00 – 11:30 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.

11:30 am – Noon

How’s Your Plan Working?
Mike McCleary, Manager of Member Services Development, Florida Municipal Power Agency

Within weeks after Irma, Mike visited with many of our member utilities. There were mostly good stories and few that were surprising. Mike will share his observations and a few thoughts on avoiding the surprises.

Noon – 1:00 pm


Breakout Roundtable Sessions

1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • T&D and Restoration Operations, Amy Zubaly and Mike McCleary, Facilitators
  • Customer Services, Communications and Community Outreach, Julio Torrado and Nicole Albers, Facilitators
  • Logistics Coordinators, Cheryl Anderson, and Sharon Smeenk Facilitators
2:30 – 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break

2:30 – 4:00 pm Breakout Roundtable Sessions (continued)

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 Monday, April 30, 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