2016-10-21 National Governors Association

Improving State Coordination for Energy Assurance Planning and Response

Governors have a critical responsibility to help their states prepare for and respond to natural or humanmade disasters. This responsibility includes ensuring that the supply and distribution of energy are secure, reliable and sufficiently resilient to maintain public health and safety, support other critical infrastructure sectors and minimize economic losses. Given that such an effort involves numerous entities—multiple levels of government, the private sector and various non-governmental organizations—one of the most important activities governors can undertake is to effectively coordinate relevant resources within the state before, during and after a disaster. Improving State Coordination for Energy Assurance Planning and Responsehighlights existing opportunities for governors to improve state coordination for responding to energy emergencies through enhancements to energy assurance planning and information collection.