April 20, 2020
With contributions from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the NATF has published an “Epidemic/Pandemic Response Plan Resource” to its public website for industry use.
The COVID-19 pandemic—which has resulted in unprecedented challenges for utility planning, operations, and response—has prompted organizations to review existing epidemic/pandemic-response plans. The document is designed to serve as a resource to help utilities update or formalize their plans. Due to the emergent need, examples and information specifically related to COVID-19 are included. Though focused on electric transmission organizations, the document may be adaptable to other critical infrastructure sectors and subsectors.
This document is intended to be complementary to other resources but has a specific and granular focus on operational aspects. Examples of related resources include, but are not limited to, the ESCC Resource Guide, DOE Pandemic Response Plan, and COVID-19-specific websites (FERC, DHS, OSHA, and others). The document will be reviewed and updated on a periodic basis over the next few months, with a formal after-action review and update after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with the goal of continuous improvement as a resource for any generic epidemic/pandemic-response plan.