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Overview of Emergency Power Systems


Presented by:
Bill Young
(321) 638-1443

Workshop Description:

The loss of power impacts emergency management and disaster relief organization operations in response to and recovery from disasters. This workshop will identify traditional and alternative power sources, such as solar energy, and ways to integrate these systems into disaster response and post-impact recovery. The role of renewable energy in your Emergency Operation Plan will be discussed. The viability of various energy sources and their capability to satisfy energy needs will be reviewed. The benefits of solar energy as a mitigation tool for backup power for buildings as a means of establishing disaster resistant communities will be reviewed.

The following questions will be reviewed: What electrical power needs do you have during a disaster, as well as during response and recovery efforts? Can renewable energy sources, such as solar, satisfy my needs? How do I integrate renewables into my disaster plan and operations?

Who should attend:

Representatives of decision makers of Emergency Management Offices, Emergency Support Function (ESF) 12 - Energy and disaster relief organizations should attend. Anyone responsible for or using electrical power in relationship to disaster operation, including the general public, will benefit from this valuable information.


4 hours.


8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and Introductions
9:10 - 9:30 What Are Your Electrical Power Needs?
9:30 - 10:00 Do You Have a Disaster Plan and Know How To
                   Operate In A Disaster?
10:00 - 10:15 Can You Identify The Role Of Renewables In A Disaster?
10:15 - 10:45 How Does Solar Energy Work?
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 What Has Been Done Before Using Solar Energy In A Disaster?
11:45 - 12:00 How Does Solar Energy Fit Into A Disaster Resistant Community
12:00 - 12:30 Reliability, Maintenance and Resources.
12:30 - 1:00 Closing Comments
1:00 - 1:30 PV Equipment Exhibits


The workshop is offered at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida, USA or
It may be at your location upon special arrangements.

General Information:

There are no prerequisites or qualifications for the course.  You only need to bring yourself with an open curious mind. 


The registration fee is $100 per person paid at least 2 weeks before the workshop.  There is a minimum attendance of 5 and a maximum of 50 persons. The workshop fee is non refundable, however your credit will be honored once. 


Bill Young with 20 years of experience in solar energy and disaster response.


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