Creativity sparks innovative use of state’s energy emergency management tool for coronavirus response

Screenshot image from the state energy emergency management GIS mapping tool
Screenshot from WEIAT system mapping outages during a January 2021 storm that impacted COVID vaccination and vaccine storage sites.
COVID vaccination sites are indicated by tiny blue dots. Energy Emergency Management Director Elizabeth King obtained a list of vaccine cold storage facilities and compared with power outage data to quickly find and notify utilities so that public health officials could protect vaccines at potentially vulnerable sites.

Washington State Adapts DOE-Funded Tool to Help Manage Coronavirus Response

  • Community infection rates and the operational status of corresponding energy providers’ main office locations and service territories.
  • Locations of critical care sites, such as healthcare (both permanent and temporary) and assisted living facilities.
  • Vaccine distribution locations, which are updated as new providers are enrolled and large community vaccines locations are added.
  • Other temporary critical-infrastructure locations, including drive-up Wi-fi access points.
Screen capture of electric grid status report as displayed in WEIAT system
Screen capture listing datasets available to be viewed as layers in the state map in WEIAT

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