With mutual assistance, the REU was able to supply all usable homes until 2 August. At one point, a “fire Nado” ripped off three of the Western Area Power Administration`s steel mesh transmission structures and left one of them as a “crumpled rope ball,” WAPA spokeswoman Lisa Meiman said. Background: At an emergency response workshop held on October 23, 2002 in Reno, Nevada, organized by the California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA), the need for an agreement across California`s borders was identified. A task force consisting of representatives of Avista Corporation, Intermountain Gas Company, NorthWestern Energy, NW Natural, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Sierra Pacific Power/Nevada Power, Southern California Edison Company, Terasen Gas Inc. and The Gas Company was created to represent WEI members, non-members, electric and gas companies. This group developed WRMAA on the basis of the CUEA mutual assistance agreement. The legal services, audits, audits, contracts and emergency measures of several public services reviewed the agreement and were implemented by the signing of two parties on 14 November 2003. The agreement is designed as an instrument for all gas and electricity suppliers in the Western United States and Canada. The American Gas Association offers its members (suppliers, gears and manufacturers/providers/service providers) a voluntary, free assistance program tailored to the diverse needs of its member companies in the United States and Canada. The program is based on a coalition of AGM member companies, which approve a number of basic provisions governing mutual assistance and agree to complete and maintain the AGA mutual assistance database with company-specific emergency contact information, field functions and other important resources available for mutual support.
The objective of the AGA programme is to complement local, governmental and regional administrative assistance programmes and is designed to respond to unprecedented human or natural disasters that require the provision of response, recovery or recovery resources outside the borders of existing mutual assistance programmes. The inclusion of the AGA mutual assistance program in a company`s emergency planning portfolio improves advanced planning and leads to response efforts in times of exeuful circumstances.