Emergency Services & Disaster Recovery
Schneider Electric Services has the expertise and resources to help restore your electrical power safely and efficiently. Our services include equipment repair and/or refurbishment, turnkey capabilities and project management. In addition, we offer contingency planning to help limit the financial and personal impact caused by an emergency or natural disaster.
Water and Electricity Don’t Mix
One disaster is enough; restoring power to water-damaged equipment is a dangerous undertaking. We understand the codes and requirements and have the expertise to help you resume normal operations as safely and efficiently as possible.
- NFPA 1600 is the industry standard and primary document on disaster recovery, emergency management, and business continuity. However, it does not include specific guidelines from an electrical perspective. NFPA 70B will introduce a disaster recovery chapter in the 2013 edition.
- OSHA and NFPA 70E require all electrical work be performed by qualified personnel, who are familiar with the operation and construction of the equipment involved.
Emergency & Disaster Recovery Contingency Planning
Actions taken during the first 24 to 48 hours after a disaster are critical in determining whether or not a business fully recovers. Therefore, it is extremely important to have a contingency plan for continued operations. Schneider Electric Services has identified three key steps to help companies develop a contingency plan for continued operations should an event occur.
Step 1: Knowledge of the Electrical System
As part of an electrical disaster recovery plan, businesses should:
- Have a current single-line drawing of their electrical distribution system
- Identify which electrical equipment is critical to the electrical infrastructure
- Understand which equipment must be replaced and that which can be reconditioned
Step 2: Develop (or Update) an Electrical Safe Work Practices Policy
An Electrical Safe Work Practices (ESWP) policy is a written document created by the employer that covers all areas of the company’s electrical safety practices. While having a safety policy has been a requirement of NFPA 70E for several revision cycles, the 2012 Edition further refines the requirements for developing and auditing the policy. For more information…
Step 3: Electrical Emergency Action Plan
The purpose of the electrical emergency action plan (EEAP) is to understand the electrical assets, critical operational infrastructure, risks, and short- and long-term power restoration execution plans. A well-developed plan reduces uncertainties when an emergency or disaster occurs by identifying available emergency services and replacement equipment sources. It also provides knowledge of financial implications to secure the resources to restore power.
To learn more, download white paper: Can Your Electrical Infrastructure Weather a Natural Disaster?