Seminar: Importance of Emergency Generators To Public Safety & Recovery During Outages

March 7, 2013
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers And Industry Experts to Outline Importance of Emergency Generators To Public Safety and Recovery During Power Outages

Washington, D.C. – The role of emergency power systems and their importance to public health and safety will be the focus of free webinar on March 18th sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum.

Speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and leading product, system and field experts representing Caterpillar and Cummins Power Generation.

There is no registration fee but space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Date: Monday, March 18th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Who should attend? Federal, state and local policymakers; elected officials; emergency planners; property managers; business owners; and media.

What will this webinar address?

What lessons have we learned from the recent Superstorm Sandy about backup generators?
What technologies are available to provide emergency backup electrical power?
What are the differences between technologies?
What are the limitations on use of each of these technologies?
Hospitals, Communications Centers, Airports and Emergency Services Are Dependent

On Backup Generators During Disasters

Diesel-powered generators can save lives during a power crisis. Interruptions of electrical power, even of short duration, create situations that could imperil public health and safety. Emergency generators must be able to provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system.

This webinar is designed to provide an understanding of the basic issues surrounding the use of emergency backup power systems, technology and fuel choices, operating conditions, and case studies

Major Storms and Natural Disasters Are Becoming More Common

The loss of electrical grid power due to storms, natural disasters or high power demands are increasingly common. With a growing dependence on technology and interconnected systems that rely on electricity, power reliability becomes increasingly critical. Hospitals, data centers, water and sewage facilities, fueling stations, and communication and transportation systems require continuous power to protect public health and safety.

As opposed to some other fuels and technologies, diesel-powered generators provide a steady supply of high-quality power and superior performance for transient or fluctuating power demands due to the high-torque characteristics of diesel engines. Beyond these most critical applications, the power needs for food and medical refrigeration, building operations such as elevators and sprinklers as well as banking and business networks further highlight the significant economic and other losses from power outages.

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