Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires—these weather phenomena are natural parts of our world with unfortunate effects on our lives and industry’s service. In today’s time, we are lucky to be able to predict the arrival of major storms and make preparation plans.
However, the recurring theme during this discussion was that, at some point, plans go wrong. With the unpredictability of weather, this isn’t surprising. Even two of the same weather events can manifest in completely different ways. Bob Roy of CenterPoint Energy said that Hurricane Ike called for a lot of aerial devices and bucket trucks, while Hurricane Harvey called for airboats and anything that could float. One weather event, two vastly different relief needs and requirements.
Does this mean we should give up making future disaster plans? Absolutely not. It is because of planning and learning from our past experiences that our industry’s service restoration efforts have reduced from weeks to days. And along with these plans, we can prepare to be surprised. We must be ready for the unknowns, be flexible, and be able to adapt on the fly.