Posting this because it is new to me and I thought others might also benefit from this knowledge. The mutual assistance program between utilities swells up available mobile workforce numbers during National Response Events (NREs), such as storms. Utilities can "borrow" workers from the seven Regional Mutual Assistance Groups (RMAG) in the United States and Canada. The tropical storm Isaias, which hit New York last weekend, has brought crews and workers from at least 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada to the city and state.
Of course, this is a partnership between investor-owned utilities only. That raises the question of budgeting for the additional workers and their equipment. Even otherwise, I hope the additional workers can clear up the debris of broken trees, branches, and dead rats (I almost stepped on one during my run yesterday) as soon as possible. Feel free to comment below, if you know more on this subject.