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Can Your Electrical Infrastructure Weather a Natural Disaster?

Posted by on June 20, 2012  |  No Comments

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Businesses are under increasing pressure to maximize profits and minimize downtime.  Therefore, it is extremely important to have a contingency plan for continued operations in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.  Actions taken during the first 24 to 48 hours of a disaster are critical in determining whether or not a business fully recovers.  As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster according to the latest research.

While natural disasters cannot be prevented, having a detailed emergency recovery plan can limit the financial and person havoc they can cause.  A good starting point is to address the following key areas:

  • Ensure electrical equipment is properly maintained
  • Identify the electrical equipment that is critical to operations
  • Be aware of the most current natural disaster recovery codes and standards
  • Know the effects of water damage to electrical equipment
  • Develop a safety plan to incorporate emergency procedures
  • Develop an electrical action plan

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) provide guidelines to develop disaster recovery emergency response, and safety plans.  This paper will incorporate those guidelines to help in the creation of both short-term and long-term restoration plans.  The number one priority for both plans is to safely restore power.

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Contingency planning for continued business operations is a multi-faceted risk management function.  While natural disasters cannot be avoided, their impact may be somewhat lessened if businesses are better prepared.  This paper identifies pre-planning exercises companies can complete to help restore electrical distribution and control equipment efficiently and safely.


  • Natural Disaster Definition & Statistics
  • Three Steps to Electrical Disaster Recovery Planning
    • Step 1:  Knowledge of the Electrical System
    • Step 2: Develop (or Update) an Electrical Safe Work Practices Policy
    • Step 3: Electrical Emergency Action Plan
  • Developing an Electrical Emergency Action Plan


When a natural disaster strikes, its impact on individuals, communities and businesses can be devastating.  Restoring electrical power is a crucial part of the recovery process.  Regardless of the industry or facility type, having a detailed Electrical Safe Work Practices (ESWP) policy and an Electrical Emergency Action Plan (EEAP) can help recovery efforts.  Multiple standards exist from OSHA, NFPA and NEMA to serve as guidelines for businesses to help them understand and develop a contingency plan in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

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Ke Qin, Senior Marketing Specialist

Chad Kennedy, Industry Standards Manager, Power Equipment