The Power Alliance is a newly forming 501c3 non-profit that helps Americans stay safe, healthy and connected during extended power outages.
Without reliable emergency power during outages, access to critical healthcare services, police and fire protection, clean drinking water, cell phone and internet communication, food, medicine and fuel can all be compromised.
The Power Alliance will facilitate increased public and private sector emergency power preparedness planning and accelerated response when emergency power is threatened at critical facilities during outages. The Power Alliance will also develop and promote best practices that reduce the likelihood of emergency power failures.
The Power Alliance builds on the heralded work of Powered for Patients, a federally funded 501c3 non-profit created to address lessons learned in previous disasters when power outages triggered the failure of hospital emergency power systems, leading to emergency evacuations and in some cases, patient fatalities.
The Power Alliance will expand the important work of Powered for Patients into critical infrastructure sectors beyond healthcare including water and waste water treatment facilities, data centers that support cell phone service, internet access and other vital services, public safety facilities such as police and fire stations and 911 call centers, fuel distribution facilities and vital retail outlets supplying food, medicine and gasoline.
Powered for Patients will become an initiative of The Power Alliance and will continue its long-standing work to boost healthcare system readiness for power outages.
The Work of The Power Alliance Starts with Creating the Power Resilience Blueprint for America
The launch of The Power Alliance comes at a time when America has been severely impacted by Covid-19, the worst pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu. The pandemic has threatened American society and our nation’s financial stability in ways not seen since the Great Depression.
The shortage of coronavirus test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and ventilators in the face of escalating numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. offers a painful lesson about a nation finding itself unprepared for a pandemic of historic proportions.
The post-pandemic policy and legislative environment will be dominated by a discussion of lessons learned and steps needed to help ensure that America will be better prepared for the next pandemic or other large-scale disaster.
A critical area for discussion will be the potential shortage of emergency power assets in a disaster that produces prolonged and widespread power outages, such as a catastrophic earthquake, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event or a cyber-attack.
A power outage of this magnitude would put thousands of emergency power systems to a test that many would fail, some sooner than others. The escalating number of generator failures would overwhelm service providers and outstrip available spare parts, forcing states to quickly tap the robust but not endless supply of federal generators. Fuel scarcity, especially in a massive earthquake that destroys pipelines and traditional means of transportation, would compound the grave challenge of generator scarcity and force agonizing choices.
Hospitals with neonatal ICUs would surely be prioritized over a skilled nursing facility with a large number of elderly patients. Would officials deploy a generator to a water treatment plant that supplies drinking water to tens of thousands or a 911 call center serving that same population? What about the choice of keeping a dialysis facility powered at the expense of a prison? How would large, privately operated data centers that help sustain cell phone and internet service fare in this allocation of scarce emergency power resources?
Governors, with input from their emergency management and public health advisors, will be the ones primarily making these difficult and sometimes life or death decisions about which facilities receive scarce emergency power assets and which do not.
To provide a framework for this decision making, The Power Alliance is developing the Power Resilience Blueprint for America in concert with Powered for Patients, the Electric Infrastructure Security Council, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Americas, Dr. Paul Stockton, and former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers senior official in charge of the temporary power mission, Pete Navesky.
The Power Resilience Blueprint provides a road map for a much-needed increase in emergency power preparedness planning at all levels of government and across all sectors of critical infrastructure. The Blueprint outlines an action plan to help better prepare the nation for emergency power resource scarcity that includes:
- Expanding the scope of FEMA’s Temporary Emergency Power Task Force
- Facilitating increased public and private sector coordination for enhanced emergency power system supply chain management
- Creation of new tools and resources to help state and local government and critical infrastructure sectors enhance energy assurance and emergency power preparedness planning
- Targeted deployment of the Power P.I.O.N.E.E.R. Dashboard, a DHS-funded tool that provides the first ever automated, real time notification for government officials when emergency power is threatened during power outages
Helping America Power Through when the Power is Out
The Power Alliance will lead a number of critical initiatives to enhance emergency power preparedness and will provide a range of services to organizations seeking independent, third party support for energy assurance and emergency power resilience activities.
Key initiatives of The Power Alliance will include:
- The Power Resilience Blueprint for America
- Power P.I.O.N.E.E.R. Dashboard
- Powered for Patients
- Los Angeles County Emergency Power Resilience Initiative
- Electric Utility Working Groups
- Emergency Power Industry Working Groups
- Advanced Energy Technology Working Group
Key services of The Power Alliance will include:
- Emergency Power Preparedness Planning
- Energy Assurance Planning
- Emergency Power System Assessments
- Exercises and Training
As plans advance for the official launch of The Power Alliance, website development is underway and a prospectus is being developed outlining partnership opportunities for government agencies, leading organizations in key infrastructure sectors, the emergency power industry, key solution providers and electric utilities.
For more information about The Power Alliance, or the Power Resilience Blueprint for America, contact The Power Alliance Project Director Eric Cote at email@example.com, 401-374-8500.