NASEO and NEMA, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) have developed a Western Petroleum Shortage Response Collaborative (WPSRC). The Collaborative will build upon the lessons learned and outcomes from the 2019 Western States Petroleum Shortage Response Planning Workshop held in San Diego.

Participants will benefit from deliberate examination, dissection, and cross-referencing of existing western state and regional response plans, concepts, and annexes, and will leverage peer expertise to improve respective state plans while working toward a regional framework. This WPSRC will the first official working group in the western U.S. comprised of all key players (e.g. State Energy Offices, State Emergency Management agencies, liquid fuels industry, and federal partners) in the energy-emergency management nexus with the unique task of regional catastrophic fuel planning. Project outcomes include a new regional fuel response framework, insights for enhanced state emergency fuel plans, and a developed network collaborative of trusted, established entities that can be leveraged for future regional planning initiatives and during real-world events.

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Western Petroleum Shortage Response Collaborative (WPSRC) – Framework

Western Petroleum Shortage Response Collaborative (WPSRC) – Framework

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The WPSRC was created to facilitate the coordination and development of a regional catastrophic fuel response framework among a subset of western states’ emergency management and energy offices. This initiative  is  a  state-driven  acknowledgment  of  the  need  to  work  together  and  share  resources  to  best address state and regional petroleum shortage preparedness and response needs. The purpose of the WPSRC Regional Framework is to codify guidance for coordinated response, prioritize response actions and measures, standardize information flows, and pre-identify tools and templates that may be necessary to respond to a petroleum shortage.

Western Petroleum Shortage Response Collaborative (WPSRC) – Collaborative Development Guide

Western Petroleum Shortage Response Collaborative (WPSRC) – Collaborative Development Guide

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This guide provides a roadmap for other regions seeking to form their own petroleum response collaborative. It included actions taken and decisions made by the WPSRC; future collaborates may use these examples to establish their own structure and framework for collaboration and to enhance regional coordination and response to petroleum shortage emergencies among participating states. Like the WPSRC, future collaborative should also reference the NASEO Guidance for States on Petroleum Shortage Response Planning, along with its supporting materials.