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Emergency Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE)

What is MADE and how does it work?

Video explaining MADE. Click to watch.
Video explaining MADE. Click to watch.

IDEA has developed the Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE) program among IDEA Member Organizations to provide a voluntary system for sharing trained personnel resources and emergency equipment  in the event of disasters and unplanned outages. There is no cost to join the MADE network.

Similar mutual aid plans have long been used by electric and gas utilities. The MADE program and guidebook draw from programs and documents in wide use, including the Disaster Response Plan in use by the State of Texas to serve its State Universities, the Northeast Gas Association and other utility organizations that respond to emergency situations with assistance in the form of personnel, supplies and equipment. IDEA encourages all IDEA Utility and Campus Energy members to join the MADE Program.

 

BACKGROUND

MADE Guidebook (The MADE Guidebook is available in the IDEA Members-Only section of the website.  To access this item, please send an email to len.idea@districtenergy.org or Cheryl.idea@districtenergy.org. )

Natural disasters and severe weather including tropical storms, hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, floods and earthquakes can be very disruptive and cause extensive damage to district energy system operations. Timely recovery from these and other unanticipated system emergencies may sometimes require outside assistance from contractors or emergency crews to effect repairs in a timely manner.

Mutual aid plans have long been used by electric and gas utilities. IDEA has developed this Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE) program to provide a voluntary system for sharing trained personnel resources and emergency equipment among IDEA Member Organizations in the event of such disasters.

This program and Guidebook draws from documents in current use, including the Disaster Response Plan issued and used by the State of Texas to serve its State Universities, one used by the Northeast Gas Association and other plans from similar utility organizations that respond to emergency situations with assistance in the form of personnel, supplies and equipment.

The International District Energy Association applauds the pioneering work performed by the University of Texas. The University of Texas Disaster Response Mutual Assistance Agreement and Guidebook were created in 2002 by a team of over 60 people including subject matter experts in finance, physical plant, security, environmental health and safety, human resources, procurement, counsel, and information resources.

 

Questions? Please call Len Phillips at (508)366-9339 or email me at len.idea@districtenergy.org.


MADE TABLE TOP EXERCISES—Stay sharp!

MADE procedures include holding an annual Table Top Exercise (TTX), which realistically simulates an actual emergency scenario affecting a district energy system. Simulations are widely used to test skills and reactions of emergency personnel. Following are video recordings and the presentation slides used in MADE Table Top Exercises. Take a look. And stay sharp!

 


 





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