EPA Expands Tabletops on Labs and Contamination Incidents

EPA is expanding its series of free tabletop exercise webcasts that examine the coordination of laboratory services in response to a drinking water contamination incident.

The scenario-based exercise provides state and local governments, utilities, emergency responders, and laboratory personnel with the opportunity to answer questions based on their real-life experiences and knowledge of emergency response practices and procedures contained in the Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan (WLA-RP). Exercise participants will receive first-hand experience with Water Sector emergency response “best practices” and Water Security tools and resources.

Because of the popularity of these exercises, seven additional exercise events have been added:

2014 Exercises                                              2015 Exercises

September 17   10:00AM-Noon (eastern)      January 14      1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

October 8         1:00-3:00PM (eastern)             February 18    10:00AM-Noon (eastern)

November 5     10:00AM-Noon (eastern)       March 11         1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

         April 15            10:00AM-Noon (eastern)

Registration:  To register for the exercise and select the date of your choice, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/wla/training.cfm.

Over 200 people participated in the first six webcasts of this series conducted between March and July of 2014. The following is some of the feedback that has been received.

State Drinking Water Agency Participant: “We like the way that the exercise was conducted.  …it was interactive, we could see the responses, and it was the perfect length of time.”

Water Utility Participant:  “We learned a great deal during the course of this scenario. The step-by-step question and answer process was very helpful.”

Laboratory Participant: “Very good exercise. A fun way to spend a couple hours!”

For more information about the exercise, please click this link Perfect Storm TTX flyer_2014_2015_07312014

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