IAEM-USA Energy Caucus

Cassandra Massano, CEM

Vice Chairs
Michael J. Gajdosik, CEM
Jonn A. Shea
Ari J. Winograd

Board Liaison
Elizabeth "Eli" King, CEM

Staff Liaison
Lexi Baird

Group Policy


Purpose Statement

The IAEM-USA Energy Caucus is committed to fostering collaboration among emergency management professionals within the energy sector, aligning our mission with the IAEM Strategic Plan to enhance our collective goals. We prioritize the empowerment of our members through extensive networking opportunities, the promotion of best practices, and the dissemination of vital knowledge, equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from energy-related disruptions. Our focus on innovative leadership ensures a resilient and secure energy landscape while minimizing impacts on the whole community.

Energy Caucus Concept of Operations

  • Host alternating monthly General and Special Meetings to discuss caucus matters, share information, and plan activities with Energy Caucus members. These general and special meetings are held virtually throughout the year and in person at the IAEM Annual Conference.
  • Energy Sector Representatives and Energy Caucus liaisons to other IAEM Committees and Caucuses provide a link between activities in the different energy sectors and provide information about Energy Caucus capabilities, subject matter expertise, and projects.
  • If you wish to join the IAEM-USA Energy Caucus, please email the Energy Caucus Staff Liaison Lexi Baird at Lexi@iaem.com.
  • If you have questions about joining, please email Energy@iaem.com.

IAEM Energy Caucus 2024 Meeting Schedule

Inaugural Kick-Off Meeting: The inaugural meeting was held on March 6, 2024, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST.

General Meeting Schedule: The IAEM-USA Energy Caucus meets virtually via Microsoft Teams every first Wednesday of the odd months.

2024 Caucus General Meetings are scheduled as follows:

May 1, 2024

July 10, 2024 (2nd Wednesday due to being the week of the 4th)

September 4, 2024

November 2024: Annual Caucus Meeting held during the IAEM Annual Conference (date TBD, 19th from 5:30-6:15 p.m. MST, or 20th from 4:00-4:45 p.m. MST)

Special Meeting Schedule: Special Meetings may be called by the chair or upon request by a majority of the membership. Special Meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams every first Wednesday of the even months.

Membership Policy

Eligibility: Membership is open specifically to IAEM-USA members who are professionally engaged in or interested in energy resilience and emergency management.

Classification: Membership classifications shall mirror those defined by IAEM-USA, adapted as necessary for the Energy Caucus's specific focus.

The energy sector encompasses various industries and sources of energy production, distribution, and consumption. The main types of energy sectors include, but are not limited to:

1. Fossil Fuels:

   a. Oil and Gas: This includes the exploration, extraction, refining, and distribution of crude oil and natural gas.

   b. Coal: Involves mining, processing, and utilization of coal for electricity generation and industrial processes.

2. Renewable Energy:

   a. Solar Energy: Involves capturing and converting sunlight into electricity using photovoltaic panels or solar thermal systems.

   b. Wind Energy: Involves harnessing the kinetic energy of wind to generate electricity using wind turbines.

   c. Hydroelectric Power: Involves the generation of electricity from flowing water, typically through damming rivers or utilizing run-of-river systems.

   d. Biomass Energy: Involves utilizing organic materials such as wood, agricultural residues, and waste to produce heat, electricity, or biofuels.

   e. Geothermal Energy: Involves utilizing heat from the Earth's interior to generate electricity or provide heating and cooling.

3. Nuclear Energy: Involves the generation of electricity through nuclear fission, where the nucleus of an atom is split to release energy.

4. Electricity Transmission and Distribution: This involves the transportation and delivery of electricity from power plants to end-users via transmission lines, substations, and distribution networks.

5. Energy Storage: This field involves technologies and systems for storing energy generated from various sources for later use, such as batteries, pumped hydro storage, and thermal energy storage.