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Utilities are essential for multiple community functions, from electric service to drinking water and beyond. Resources which can help utilities harden their infrastructure, reover from wildfire, and prepare their communities for planned public safety power shut-offs can be found below. Please note, some resources might be applicable to multiple roles within the community.


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Wildfires and Safe Drinking Water

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Washington State Department of Health
This resource, for public water systems located in areas prone to wildfires or post-fire debris flows, helps water utilities prepare for and respond to wildfire. Contains checklists and resources as well as guidance for issuing health advisories and creating defensible space. While developed in Washington State, many resources are applicable nationwide. Read More

Wildfire Mitigation Series

The Department of Energy and National Laboratories
A webinar series for utility companies to learn more about the wildfire mitigation capabilities and technologies. Read More

Wildfire Mitigation Reference Guide

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation
A resource for electric utilities focused on mitigating risks from wildland fire. Contains knowledge and experience gained by western utilities on wildfire preparedness and mitigation. Read More

Wildfire Mitigation Reference Guide

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
North American Electric Reliability Corporation
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Western Electricity Coordination Council “developed this document with the goal of creating more awareness across all interconnections of the knowledge and experience gained by western utilities on wildfire preparedness and mitigation. Research and development efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in partnership with electric utilities... Read More

Wildfire Mitigation Plan – Anaheim Public Utilities

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City of Anaheim
“This [Wildfire Mitigation Plan] serves to establish methods and procedures used to construct, maintain, and operate the Utilities electrical lines and equipment to minimize the risk of wildfire posed by its infrastructure. The provisions in the Plan outline the preventative strategies and actions for fire prevention and suppression activities and specific operational response during elevated... Read More

Wildfire and the Oregon Electricity System

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Oregon Public Utility Commission
This resource of frequently asked questions from the Oregon Public Utility Commission provides consumers with general wildfire resources, information about service restoration, public safety power shutoffs, and the response of utilities to wildfire in Oregon. Read More

Water Sector Utility Incident Action Checklist

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US Environmental Protection Agency
The actions in this checklist are divided up into three “rip & run” sections and are examples of activities that water and wastewater utilities can take to: prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires. For on-the-go convenience, you can also populate the “My Contacts” section with critical information that your utility may need during... Read More

Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash

Guide / Pamphlet / Handout
New Mexico Department of Health
This short, two-page handout focuses on clean-up of ash and debris following fire. Read More

Rural Utilities Service

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USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Utilities Service provides infrastructure and infrastructure improvements to rural communities. These programs, such as Water and Environmental Programs, Electric Programs, and Telecommunications Programs, may help rural utilities increase their resilience. Read More

Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT)

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Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) is a free GIS web map that allows federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and other community leaders to examine the interplay of census data, infrastructure locations, and hazards, including real-time weather forecasts, historic disasters and estimated annualized frequency of hazard risk. Read More
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