Electrical Disaster Recovery

Tips for Electrical Disaster Planning and Recovery

A proactive approach to disaster preparation is crucial to a quick disaster recovery.
Develop Plan, Educate, Communicate, Execute, Evaluate and Revise for Future

Current Solutions P.C. (CS) has the team of experienced electrical engineering resources and the capabilities to get businesses and operations either prepared for a potential electrical disaster or back on track once a disaster has occurred.

Our company can provide unbiased consulting and engineered solutions that ultimately fit the needs of the facility at a critical time of need in the event of a disaster or state of emergency, which is not predicated on fear-based decision making or product sales.

Companies can suffer significant losses when their electrical power distribution system is compromised.  They find themselves without power and production stops. Employee safety is at risk, and the facility and/or equipment is damaged, costing the company an exorbitant amount of unbudgeted money.

There are many types of disasters – planned and unplanned – that can affect facilities and operations, so we encourage a proactive approach to disaster preparation and recovery, so in the event that the electrical infrastructure is compromised, a plan or process is in place to get up and running again quickly, and minimize downtime and costs.

Planning Prior to Disasters

CS helps companies with preplanning a detailed, flexible and scalable electrical disaster procedure that would be applicable to a variety of disaster types, such as rain, wind or winter storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and more.

Preplanning reduces the overall risk and associated costs in the event of an emergency or when a disaster occurs.

The plan is customized per facility, but ultimately focuses on minimizing electrical accidents/hazards, equipment damage, downtime and risk during a disaster, it and allows for effective and seamless execution of a disaster-recovery plan cost-efficiently.

With a solid plan in place decisions can then be made as close to the disaster as possible (instead of struggling with the unforeseen), minimizing restoration efforts and cost.   The plan includes and provides for effective communications with the disaster response resource teams.   It also assists to minimize anxious, hasty, uninformed and fear based decision making that can lead to unwarranted or irrational expenditures to regain power and operations.

As a minimum, during disaster recovery planning, facilities personnel should have access to up-to-date single line diagrams of the facility’s electrical distribution system.   Should the need arise, these electrical diagrams can be used as a “road map” during the state of emergency and when trying to understand or identify electrical connections, which equipment has been damaged, and/or what equipment will need to be replaced.  It also can be used as a communication tool with the site electrical staff, utility company, equipment suppliers, engineers and/or electrical contractors.

Disaster Recovery Tips to consider:

Develop a written “play book,” accessible by key designated disaster recovery employees or consultants; understand the electrical system infrastructure and critical electrical equipment;  identify potential risks;  Develop and Communicate Electrical Safe Work Practices Policy;  have a printed, up to date One Line Diagram; assign designated representatives with coordinated power system restoration tasks; have a written contact list and identify the electrical team or electrical specialists/consultants; pre-arrange contracts with electrical generator/equipment vendors and/or electrical contractors; and maintain pre-arranged agreements or stock potentially needed materials, fuels, and electrical equipment; Designate backup teams; tree trimming personnel and other potentially needed vendors.

Recovery After a Disaster has Occurred

Disaster types, such as rain, wind or winter storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes bring on different types of destruction to electrical systems that warrant different types of responses or actions.   It can be as simple as changing out a few pieces of electrical equipment or as complex as performing a complete overhaul of electrical equipment with severe water damage.   Water damage will offset additional safety precautions, code compliance and requirements that require expertise for safe, efficient and timely resolutions.

Everyone needs electrical power and in today’s world and a recovery cannot happen without the power operational.   Facilities, utility and communication companies, law enforcement, as well as, local, state, and federal agencies all need electric power before they can begin the process of recovery after a natural disaster occurrence.

The speed of a disaster recovery process to restore a facility back to its operations or state, after an emergency or disaster, really depends on the magnitude of the disaster, the preparedness of the company prior to and the expertise of team in place to address the issues.

In a time of overwrought facility department staff and scarce services or other resources, Current Solutions will work as part of our client’s team for coordinated restoration efforts that enable our clients to cope with and manage through the process.

Included services (but not limited to):  Immediate electrical equipment condition or damage assessment; electrical equipment testing; provide recommendations; electrical engineering design planning and coordination for necessary repairs or equipment replacements; coordination of power supply restoration, create specifications or source replacement of new equipment; vendor coordination; electrical construction administration; construction cost estimating services; equipment start-up and commissioning.

Current Solutions has the technical know-how and the resources to help restore our client’s electrical power quickly, safely and cost efficiently.

Our greatest attribute is our ability to offer our services and limit the financial impact caused by an emergency or natural disaster, during stressful and traumatic times.  We use our skills to find an effective solution, that works in the best interest of the company which is not biased or product sales driven.