2022 Hurricane & Storm Preparedness Forum

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

The annual Hurricane & Storm Preparedness Forum is a one-day event that offers presentations on hurricane preparedness and response, mutual aid, FEMA, and other disaster and emergency response related issues, as well as opportunities for Florida public power utilities to share best practices and lessons learned from each other.

Sponsorship Opportunities
There are a limited number of sponsorship available for this FMEA event.
  • Exhibiting Sponsorship: Includes corporate branding (website, email promos, on-site materials, and presentation slides), two (2) attendees, and an exhibit table in the check-in area.

  • Forum Sponsor: Includes corporate branding (website, email promos, on-site materials, and presentation slides) and two (2) attendees.
Who attends this event?
Utility Directors Mutual Aid Coordinators
T&D Managers & Supervisors Engineers
Lineworkers & Lineworker Foreman Safety Managers & Officers
Customer Service Managers & Representatives Key Account Managers & Representatives
Communication Managers & Specialists Community Outreach Coordinators
FMEA Continuing Education Program

There are 4.5 PDH (Professional Development Hours) available for attending this FMEA event.

Attendee Registration
FMEA Municipal Member $90
FMEA Associate Member $200
Non-Member Registration is only open to FMEA members.
2022 Forum Overview
8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

Presentation 9:00 – 9:45 am

Welcome and Public Power Mutual Aid Processes and Activation

Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association and Chris Henry, Transmission and Distribution Supervisor, Ocala Electric Utility

Presentation 9:45 - 10:15

Better Storm Damage Assessment

Darris Friend, Utility Project Team Leader, Gainesville Regional Utilities

10:15 – 10:30 am Refreshment break
Presentation 10:30 – 11:15 am

Preventing, Recovering and Rebuilding from Crises

Michelle de Alba and Dave Bell, Transmission and Distribution Utilities Specialists, Aggreko

Presentation 11:15 - 12:00 pm

Mutual Aid with Reimbursement in Mind

Kevin Guthrie, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management and Alyssa Carrier, CEO, AC Disaster Consulting

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

Lunch provided. Exhibitors at tables.

Presentation 1:00 – 1:45 pm

2022 Hurricane Season Outlook

Michael Spagnolo, Deputy State Meteorologist, Florida Division of Emergency Management

1:45 – 2:00 pm Refreshment break
2:00 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Breakouts & Roundtables
Customers and Communications Breakout

Best Practices from GRU

Kinn’zon Hutchinson, Interim Chief Customer Officer and David Warm, Communications Director, Gainesville Regional Utilities

Roundtable discussion to follow

Operations and Logistics Breakout

Mutual Aid since 2020: Best Practices after 10 Events in 2 Years

Heath Gebhart and Mark Vickers, Line Crew Supervisors, City of Tallahassee

Roundtable discussion to follow

Exhibiting Sponsors
Message Broadcast
Milwaukee Tool
Mi-Tech Services
Panasonic Connect


Hotel Information

UF Hilton Gainesville

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
1714 SW 34th Street Gainesville, Florida 32607
Phone: 352-371-3600

Hotel Room Rate: $129 per night.

For More Information:

Elizabeth Bendele

Elizabeth Bendele

Manager of Member Services & Programs, FMEA

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