As fires raged across the state of California and floods continued to affect tens of thousands in Louisiana, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published a new edition of its safety resources and put its disaster relief plan into action.
NEMA guides “Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment” and “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” have been updated, with hundreds of copies supplied to emergency management officials, building code officials, and electrical professionals in both Louisiana and California. These documents provide advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to fire or water, respectively, and outline items that will require complete replacement or that can be reconditioned by a trained professional.
NEMA’s southern region field representative, Bryan Holland, has spearheaded NEMA’s emergency response in Louisiana. He established contact with the Office of State Fire Marshal and the Uniform Construction Code Council. He monitored Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports and updates to forward critical information to contacts in lower Louisiana.