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 is facilitating 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)
  • 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.  We will work with members and our industry partners to reschedule as appropriate.

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.

Office and Travel

The NATF office is closed until further notice, and all staff are working from home.  NATF travel is cancelled in the near term.

Announcements (View All)

June 19, 2020

Testing and Contact Tracing Information Added to Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource has been updated to include more information on testing and an overview of contact tracing.

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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May 14, 2020

Resource Developed to Help Organizations Update Pandemic Response Plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for utility planning, operations, and response, prompting organizations to review existing or create epidemic/pandemic-response plans. To assist in these efforts, the North American Transmission Forum, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission jointly developed a resource to help utilities create, update, or formalize their plans. 

The Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource focuses on planning/preparedness, response, and recovery activities for a severe epidemic/pandemic.

News Release | Resource Document

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