Boulder will host an information session on disaster response and public power utilities on Wednesday evening.

Many members of the community have raised concerns about how Boulder would maintain or restore electricity service in a natural disaster like a wildfire or a flood.

"While one of the focuses of a city-owned utility would be to improve reliability, possibly by installing the types of microgrids that proved invaluable to many customers impacted by Superstorm Sandy, some outages are inevitable," city officials said in a news release. "Having plans for both minimizing and responding to these is an important part of the work associated with transitioning from our current electric provider, Xcel Energy."

Mike Hyland, senior vice president of the American Public Power Association, and Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, will make a brief presentation and then take questions from the audience. 

The session is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council chambers at the Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.

Boulder officials said a city-run utility could use mutual aid agreements similar to those used by emergency responders and law enforcement in natural disasters. The American Public Power Association has a "playbook" that provides detailed guidelines on how municipal electric utilities can use existing networks to respond quickly to emergencies.