Disaster Response Tools

This webpage provides several operational tools and resources developed by the Fleet Response Working Group and advisers from of the East Coast Corridor Coalition (EC3) during the CATEX Regional Exercises to support the expediting of power and supply chain restoration and the related multi-state fleet movement prior to, during and following a hurricane or large multi-state disaster.

Canadian Border Crossing Process – process to provide guidance to the private sector on fleet movement across the US/Canadian border. This guidance has been developed by multiple federal agencies, the Canadian authorities and the private sector.
Energy Liaison Officer (ELO) Position Guide – guide serves as an instrument to help improve communications and coordination with the electric sector liaisons positioned within state or local government emergency operation centers.
E-ZPass – Expediting Through Toll Stations – legal and safe commercial account process that will allow your firm to open a commercial E-ZPass account to use with your fleets in order for your trucks to legally use the E-ZPass lanes during regional disasters/hurricanes/storms without have a transponder on every vehicle.
FEMA Resources – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed several resources to support private sector resource movement in the U.S.
Hours of Service Exemptions – legislation that exempts drivers of utility service vehicles from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.
NOAA Weather – The NOAA National Weather Service that is used for the bases of other weather services such as storm predictions center and Hurricane Center.
Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Process – This process is used by the private sector RMAGs (Regional Mutual Aid Groups) in the electric sector when they need to coordinate with a large number of states for the expediting response fleets across multiple states in order to reach the impacted states to begin restoration efforts.
RMAG FRWG Engagement Guidance – this document provides guidance to a Regional Mutual Assistance Group (”RMAG”) on initiating the Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Initiative, who to contact, what information is needed, and how the information is to be used.
State Requirements for Multi-State Fleet Movements – FLEET-MOVE is a free service that centralizes requirements of states across the nation in support multi-state movement across state lines with regional state emergency managers, police, transportation, and related agencies
US-Department of Transportation Resources – developed several resources to support private sector resource movement in the U.S.

 

Canadian Border Crossing Process
This process in place to provide guidance to the private sector on fleet movement across the US/Canadian border. This guidance has been developed by multiple federal agencies, the Canadian authorities and the private sector.

Canadian Border Crossing pic3 Resources:

US – Canada Border Crossing Guidance

Major Storm Center Roster

 

 


Energy Liaison Officer (ELO) Position Guide
– This guide serves as an instrument to help improve communications and
coordination with the electric sector liaisons positioned within state or local government emergency operation centers. This guide
was jointly developed by private and public sector operators and can serve as an effective tool to streamline power restoration
efforts and all of the related communications and decisions that need to be made in a timely manner.

ELO Guide Final Cover Resources:

Electric Utility Liaison Office Position Specific Guide

 

Expediting Through E-ZPass Toll Stations
– The E-ZPass Electronic Toll Collection System service 15 states on the East Coast. There is a legal and safe commercial account process that will allow your firm to open a commercial E-ZPass account in Delaware that will allow your fleets to use the E-ZPass express lanes throughout the region during regional disasters, hurricanes, and storms…. all under a single transponder. Learn more…

Resources:

E-ZPass Commercial Account Process

Frequently Asked Questions For the
E-ZPass Commercial Account Process

YouTube Video: E-ZPass Commercial Account Process: http://youtu.be/K95QfvGNSQQ

 

FEMA Resources
– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed several resources to support private sector
resource movement in the U.S.

Resources:

FEMA Regional Private Sector Liaisons 2015

 

Hours of Service Exemptions Policy
– In 2005, Congress passed and the President signed legislation that exempts drivers of utility
service vehicles from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. This law also prohibits states
from enacting or enforcing HOS rules against utilities. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is hosting links to the policy information on their
webpage.

Resources:

Website:

EEI Mutual Assistance Webpage

 

NOAA Weather
– The NWS Storm Prediction Center forecasts severe weather with graphics that can be area specific while the
NWS National Hurricane Center forecast and project paths of hurricanes. Both of these sites are the bases for weather forecasting
and can be used for both private and public sector as the initial forecasts.

Resources:

NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

National Hurricane Center

 

 

The Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Process
– This process is used by the private sector RMAGs
(Regional Mutual Aid Groups) in the electric sector when they need to coordinate with a large number of states for the
expediting response fleets across multiple states in order to reach the impacted states to begin restoration efforts.

Resources:

Guide Book for Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Process

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOW8wTX1M_
U&feature=youtu.be

 

RMAG FRWG Engagement Guidance
– this document provides guidance to a Regional Mutual Assistance
Group (”RMAG”) on initiating the Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Initiative, who to contact, what information is
needed, and how the information is to be used.

Resources:

RMAG FRWG Engagement Guidance

 

 

State Requirements for Multi-State Fleet Movements
FLEET-MOVE is a free service that centralizes requirements of states across the nation in support multi-state movement across state lines with regional state emergency managers, police, transportation, and related agencies that are involved with:

  • toll/weigh stations declarations commercial motor vehicles
  • permits roadway usage/conditions and other relevant fleet movement information
fleet move service Resources:

Online Application: FLEET-MOVE Service

Website: The FLEET-MOVE webpage

YouTube Video: FLEET-MOVE Service Demonstration

 

 

US-Department of Transportation Resources
– The US Department of Transportation has developed several resources to
support private sector resource movement in the U.S.

Resources:

USDOT Regulatory Relief Fact Sheet which contains the toll-free number that can be used to answer motor-carrier related questions.

US DOT Emergency Website – During emergency situations, US-DOT will post information related to transportation permits, waivers, and other regulations and authorities that are applicable during an emergency.