Storm Services & Damage Assessment

During potential severe weather events, we work with clients and other government officials to conduct assessments as far ahead of time as possible to prepare for inclement weather. Our initial assessment includes field inspections of every feeder in the Client’s system via compiled notes and photos of major property units. We then supply material lists to warehouses ahead of construction crews.

Our second assessment involves field inspections of every feeder in the system, focusing on items that need to be addressed, such as broken or loose hardware, cracked insulators, proper splices, and damaged or leaking transformers.

The third assessment is a street light audit, where night-time field inspections occur of all street lights in the Client’s system to ensure they are working correctly for the public’s safety. During this audit, we capture detailed notes using real-time GPS data.

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Damage Assessment deliverables are dependent upon the severity of the storm event and the amount of damage. Usually, there is little to no electronic information to give to the Utility during the first few days of a significant storm event. If necessary, Mi-Tech will provide paper copies of marked-up maps, including notes and photos per FEMA requirements.

We provide electronic information as the infrastructure rebuild progresses. Information includes:

  • Documentation of daily safety meetings
  • Daily timesheets of all personnel working on the property turned in weekly, or as determined by the Utility
  • All markups of feeder and circuit maps with field notes
  • Pictures (for documentation of damaged facilities) are a critical step that helps the Utility with FEMA requirements for reimbursement
  • Handwritten/electronic versions of Bill of Materials, as needed or daily
  • Any GPS collection of field data as it pertains to the Scope of Work or additional tasks as assigned by the Utility
  • All obtained information is the property of the Utility and given to the Utility at project completion unless otherwise specified

In August 2020, our Team performed damage assessment services due to an Iowan derecho. A 13-person crew, led by a project manager with six two-person teams, dispersed throughout three areas in the state where the storm caused extensive damage to the Client’s infrastructure in Ames, Marshalltown, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Damage assessors were on site as the storm arrived and immediately began to assess after the storm passed. Teams assigned to substations inspected every piece of equipment on each circuit and entered materials into the Client’s software management system for a Bill of Materials created a point-by-point design for destroyed areas, and sighted and staked off “future” new-build facilities.

The Team was on site for 14 days with zero safety incidents and is still performing the Client’s post-storm services.

In 2017, Mi-Tech’s Storm Services Team was on-site for Hurricane Irma in the lower Florida Keys. Five two-person teams assisted Keys Energy in restoration efforts in September when Hurricane Irma made landfall on September 10th. Our crews arrived in Paducah, KY, the day before the storm, where they staged until they could travel to Key West. Mi-Tech was responsible for the Keys Energy service area from Big Coppit East to the Seven Mile Bridge.

Initial assessment efforts centered on providing maps and material lists to construction crews to quickly restore customers’ power. Our Team inspected the main feeders first, followed by taps and services. The assessment focused mainly on broken or damaged property units such as poles, framing, and transformers. Major safety concerns were also immediately addressed at this time.

Subsequent assessments consisted of pole-for-pole inspections. Following initial construction, specific items needed attention as crews simply focused on getting power restored. These items included damaged/leaking transformers, loose/broken bolts, cracked insulators, broken/loose tie wires, broken/loose down guys, ensuring the utilization of compression splices versus auto-tension splices, and identifying customers who could receive power but were still without power. Our Team provided maps and material lists to the Client to dispatch crews accordingly.

It was deemed necessary by local government agencies to conduct a third assessment that centered on making sure street lights were in working condition. Mi-Tech retained two teams to inspect and identify the working condition of approximately 4,000 street lights in the Keys Energy system. The Team performed this audit at night, delivering real-time updates via Cartopac data collection software to order lights and mast arms and promptly install them. In real-time, GIS mapping was also available for the Client to dispatch repair crews to the proper locations and use that data to stock trucks with appropriate materials for those repairs.

Mi-Tech’s total stay on the project was six weeks, with zero injuries and safety incidents.