DHS “Partnership Bulletin”

DHS has just published a new edition of The Partnership Bulletin.  The Bulletin provides a twice monthly  snapshot of upcoming stakeholder and cross-sector training opportunities and exercises, along with major critical infrastructure events and key announcements.  Click the links below to learn more about a host of security and resilience issues.

 

WSD Reminds Us of Two Good Planning Tools

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division (WSD) remind us that there are quite a few existing tools that water systems should have in their proverbial “hip pocket” when planning for an emergency.  Two of those planning tools are highlighted below.

The first is their own Planning for An Emergency Drinking Water Supply Guide.  The guide provides utilities with the building blocks necessary for considering where to find an alternate water supply. Click https://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse/water-utility-planning-emergency-drinking-water-supply to download the guide.

The second is a compendium of recent (June 16, 2016) updates to FEMA’s National Planning Frameworks.  The Frameworks – one for each of the five preparedness mission areas – are part of the National Preparedness System.  The Frameworks foster a shared understanding of our roles and responsibilities from the fire house to the White House.

 

 

Infrastructure Protection Training

Looking to enhance your critical infrastructure security and resilience knowledge and skills?  TEEX is offering a series of DHS/FEMA-funded trainings across the nation that can meet your needs and help qualify you for an Infrastructure Protection Certificate.

The Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program provides an understanding and local application of the homeland security infrastructure protection doctrine.  The program includes an in-depth examination of key concepts and practices in capabilities-based and community-focused planning, integrated risk management, private-public partnerships, and whole community resilience strategies.  This link provides more information about the program.  In addition, here is a list of locations for the four Certificate Program trainings:

Infrastructure Protection Courses
Course Number Course Name Date Location
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 9/6/16 Dallas, TX
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 9/12-13/16 El Paso, TX
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 9/14/16 Fayetteville, AR
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 9/20-21/16 Arlington, TX
MGT414 Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection 9/21/16 Miami Beach, FL
MGT315 Critical Asset Risk Management 9/26-27/16 El Paso, TX
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 9/27-28/16 Suffolk, VA
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 10/4/16 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MGT414 Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection 10/4/16 Dallas, TX
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 10/5/16 Jackson, MS
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 10/6-7/16 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 10/11-12/16 Harlan, KY
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 10/18/16 Sevierville, TN
AWR213 Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Awareness 10/19/16 Gulfport, MS
MGT414 Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection 10/19/16 Sevierville, TN
MGT310 Jurisdictional Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment 10/25-26/16 Beaumont, TX

 

Join Water Loss Emergency Discussion

 

On September 15, from 3:00-4:00PM (eastern), EPA plans to host a facilitated discussion featuring a water loss emergency in a fictional community.  The scenario will have elements for water and wastewater utilities, public health agencies, hospitals, power utilities, emergency managers, police, fire, restaurants, businesses and others in the community who rely on water services and would benefit from identifying key preparedness actions.  Register to participate in the exercise today!

In addition, EPA’s Water Security Division shares weekly alerts and information updates.  If you would like to subscribe, please sign up for our What’s Going On? Newsletter from the Water Security Division.

 

September is National Preparedness Month

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Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters Webinar

ASDWA and EPA WSD are teaming up to present a webinar that will consider how state primacy agencies can work with both their state hazard mitigation offices and their utilities to promote, fund, and implement hazard mitigation projects.

DATE:              Thursday, September 15, 2016

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/615897312349016579

The webinar will include examples of successful state agency coordination that results in utilities implementing appropriate mitigation measures.  This will also be states’ first opportunity to view a demonstration of EPA’s newly released tool, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

The target audience and discussion focus for this event is state drinking water programs.  Other events are planned to share these materials with other members of the water community.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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New Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Version 3.0

CREAT assists drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and assessing related risks at their individual utilities.  CREAT version 3.0 is web-based and features a series of intuitive modules to help utilities complete a climate change risk assessment, redesigned from the ground up to provide a more user-friendly experience.

In addition, the tool now provides monetized risk results which promotes a common and mutual understanding of climate change impacts.

With this powerful information, utility owners and operators can make advancements to curtail the impacts of climate change, particularly by implementing no-regret adaption options–those that provide benefits regardless of future climate conditions

This link will take you to CREAT 3.0 https://www.epa.gov/crwu/build-climate-resilience-your-utility

Coinciding with the release of CREAT 3.0, EPA also launched an update to the CREAT Climate Scenarios Projection Map. This map provides easy-to-access scenario-based climate change projections drawn from CREAT.  To access the updated Projection Map, click https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=2a46a28e18f44a48b8c664487e5b1fe6

Still want to know more?  Click https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-05/documents/creat_3_0_methodology_guide_may_2016.pdf to learn more about the climate science and economic data used in the CREAT 3.0 Methodology Guide.

Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems

Last week, EPA released a new document – Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems – to help leverage ongoing public health surveillance to detect possible drinking water contamination incidents.

Public health surveillance is the ongoing collection and analysis of data, such as emergency department visits and calls to poison control centers, for the purpose of detecting disease and illness in a community.  Public health surveillance is conducted in most cities in the U.S., and can be a powerful tool for the early detection of drinking water contamination incidents.  The guidance also contains an interview form to help drinking water utilities engage their public health partners and learn about ongoing surveillance activities.

Click https://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/public-health-surveillance-resources to download the guidance.  States may also wish to share the guidance with their water utilities.

 

Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems

EPA has released a new guidance document as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.  Public health surveillance is the ongoing collection and analysis of public health data, such as emergency department visits and calls to poison control centers, for the purpose of detecting disease and illness in a community.  Public health surveillance is conducted in most cities in the U.S., and can be a powerful tool for the early detection of drinking water contamination incidents.

The new document, Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems, provides guidance for leveraging ongoing public health surveillance to detect possible drinking water contamination incidents.  It also contains an interview form to help drinking water utilities engage their public health partners and learn about ongoing surveillance activities.

You may download the guidance from EPA’sWater Quality Surveillance and Response System website:  https://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/public-health-surveillance-resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Allgeier by phone at 513-569-7131 or email him at Allgeier.Steve@epa.gov.

 

EPA Tools and Strategies for Climate Change

 

Many drinking water utilities are struggling with the demands imposed by often unexpected extreme weather events.  What can they do to plan; how can they be prepared to respond; when can they declare the crisis to be over?

EPA has developed a number of tools that can help answer some of these questions and provide recommendations for action that can help drinking water systems to be more resilient.  Here are some useful links that we invite you to explore:

Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange:  This tool allows water sector — drinking water, wastewater and stormwater — utilities to learn about climate change adaptation planning efforts from their peers across the United States.

Adaptation Strategies Guide:  This interactive guide assists drinking water and wastewater utilities in gaining a better understanding of what climate-related impacts they may face in their region. The guide identifies what adaptation strategies can be used to prepare their system for those impacts. The guide also includes information on how utilities can incorporate sustainability (e.g. green infrastructure and energy management activities) into their adaptation planning.

Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT):  CREAT is a software tool that assists drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats. The tool also aids in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. The software identifies threats based on regional differences in climate change projections; it then assists utilities in designing adaptation plans based on the assessment.

Scenario Based Projection Map:  This online map provides easy access to scenarios of projected changes in annual total precipitation, intensity, annual average temperature, 100-year storm events, and sea-level rise. To explore local climate change projection data across the United States, simply zoom in on a location or type a location into the search field.

Storm Surge Inundation Map and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map:  This interactive map illustrates the worst-case storm and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The map combines data layers from FEMA 100, and 500 year flood maps. Other layers include; NOAA’s Sea, Lake, and Overland Survey from Hurricanes (SLOSH), and the National Hurricane Center’s coastal county hurricane strikes map.

Workshop Planner for Climate Change and Extreme Events Adaptation:  This tool assists drinking water and wastewater utility staff, technical assistance providers, community leaders and other stakeholders in conducting climate change adaptation workshops; it generates materials tailored to your location and provides helpful guidance for hosting a successful workshop.