Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At the NATF, our top priority remains the health and safety of our staff and members.  To help inform our decisions during this coronavirus pandemic, we have been working closely with our members and tracking updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities.  In response, the NATF has taken specific actions to limit potential exposure for staff and members and has initiated specific coordination and information-sharing mechanisms to assist member planning and response.

The NATF will continue to support members and the industry in whatever capacity possible.

Member Support

NATF member companies are updating and implementing their pandemic plans and taking actions to limit potential exposure for their employees.  The NATF has facilitated information-exchange mechanisms to assist the membership in this regard, such as the following:

  • Webinars hosted by our System Operations Practices Group
    • Sharing of information, approaches, and practices
    • Topics have included response plans, operations staffing (safety/health, shift rotation, facilities, sequestration, etc.), family support, coordination of field personnel, and approaches for “return-to-normal” operations
  • Epidemic/pandemic plan resource
    • Also available to the industry (“Resources” section below)
  • Survey on return-to-normal operations
  • Page on our member site
    • Discussion boards
    • Member practices
    • Resource links

External Coordination

The NATF has been in close contact with industry partners during this time to coordinate on activities, reduce duplication of effort, and deconflict pandemic-response webinars.

Meeting and Events

We have postponed our near-term in-person events, converting to webinars as appropriate.  We have been working with members and our industry partners to reschedule specific activities.

Our regularly scheduled webinars are continuing as planned.  The NATF membership is adept at exchanging information and sharing lessons learned during virtual meetings, and these interactions will be even more valuable as we deal with current circumstances.

Announcements (View All)

January 11, 2021

Epidemic/Pandemic Resource Supplemented with Safety and Work-Environment Considerations

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource has recently been updated to include information on personal protective equipment use, a tertiary control center strategy, and configuration options for control centers and office space.

The resource—which focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic—was jointly developed by the NATF, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help utilities create, update, or formalize their epidemic/pandemic plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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August 14, 2020

Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource Updated to Include Coordination and Support Aspects

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource has been updated to include details on cross-sector coordination, prioritized requests for government support, and misinformation.

The resource—which focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic—was jointly developed by the North American Transmission Forum, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help utilities create, update, or formalize their epidemic/pandemic-response plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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