Emergency Preparedness

APGA Mutual Aid Program

With numerous weather and outage related incidents throughout the country, it has become ever apparent that APGA members are ready and eager to send aid. APGA has created the new Mutual Aid Program to allow utilities to provide and receive aid from natural gas system program participants from around the country in the event of a disaster or emergency situation – a critical component during a scenario requiring an urgent response.

Participation in the Mutual Aid Program is voluntary, but APGA encourages as many members as possible to sign the Mutual Aid Agreement form in order to create a robust and effective Mutual Aid Program. 


To join the Mutual Aid Program, fill out the form and send to mutualaid@apga.org.


Severe Weather Preparation

It is always is a good for APGA members to review their public safety messages, emergency plans, and mutual aid agreements & contacts.

Reminding customers of the signs of natural gas leaks is important during weather related events. When appropriate, it may be a best practice to include customer safety messages on the front of your gas utility website. For example, you can highlight:

  1. How should they recognize a gas leak by the odor?
  2. What should they do in the event that they smell gas?
  3. If their gas meter turns off, what should they do?
  4. In the event that there of flooding, should they attempt to move any gas appliances?

Additional Information & Resources

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DOT has created a Routing Hotline.

"A new regional disaster transportation routing hotline service brought to you by FEMA and the US Department of Transportation's Office of Emergency Response and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... offered during federally declared emergencies... the services aggregates "rod availability status" data from multiple sources and provides real-time routing directs to approved callers."

Click Here for more information .

PHMSA has issued an Emergency Stay of Enforcement to interstate pipeline and LNG operators that may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. You can read the document on the PHMSA WEBSITE HERE and on the APGA Community HERE if you want to ask questions of APGA staff and members. They are also issuing a letter to their state partners in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina letting them know PHMSA will not object to a waiver they may issue to a state regulated company for Dorian related deviations from D&A and OQ requirements. The Stay goes into effect September 1, 2019, and will remain in effect for 45 days from the issuance date unless extended by PHMSA.

  • Alternative and renewable fuels
  • Idle-reduction measures
  • Fuel economy improvements
  • New transportation technologies, as they emerge

Clean Cities' goals and accomplishments are listed at WWW1.EERE.ENERGY.GOV/CLEANCITIES/ACCOMPLISHMENTS.HTML

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State's Web site and search for "Issued Emergency Declarations" if you are interested in more details. For those carriers or drivers interested in providing services or who need to understand FMCSA regulations, the following applies.

CLICK HERE to find a list of Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits.