The Integrated Planning Framework
In July of 2012, public and private sector operational leaders met in Delaware to discuss how to create a trusted environment to have frank, open and honest conversations about how to work together to get business back to business faster following major regional storms and disasters on the East Coast.
A trusted governance and planning framework was discussed, drafted and approved.
The framework would enable joint planning meetings to identify common regional operational issues and use joint tabletop exercises to test short/mid/long-term solutions.
In the absence of regional public/private operational response plans, a new process had to develop to solve operational issues. The process would consist of the following steps:
Several months later, Hurricane SANDY struck the East Coast. The informal relationships already in place worked together and solved several operational issues, and the framework was formalized into a regional planning and governance structure.
The Regional Integrated Planning & Governance Framework was created to provide a legal and operational public/private planning architecture designed to resolve operational issues facing multiple states and regulated utilities in the electric, food and fuel sectors during disasters.
The framework currently supports two regional working groups and an annual regional “corridor” exercise focused on expediting power restoration
This planning framework has produced a number of solutions that have been operational since 2014, and have expanded to other regions and sectors.