National Preparedness Month 2017: Week 1

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and communities across the nation are taking action to prepare for the next emergency. EPA is participating in these efforts by sending weekly communications on steps that can be taken at the local level to enhance resilience to water emergencies. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, this first week of NPM focuses on natural disasters to help communities prepare for and maintain water services during an emergency event. Check out the related resources and tools on EPA’s website that include guides for Hazard Mitigation, Flood Resilience, and Drought Response and Recovery.

WEEK 1: PREPARE FOR CONTAMINATION EMERGENCIES

Prepare for contamination emergencies to maintain water services in your community. Check out the resources below to start planning today!

Water Quality Surveillance

Water Laboratory Alliance

For more information on water resilience, visit www.epa.gov/waterresilience.

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National Preparedness Month – Weekly Focus on Climate Change

Participate in National Preparedness Month to Improve Water Resilience

Water Utilities: Take Action During
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

Week 4: Climate

This week’s focus is Climate Change. Drinking water and wastewater utilities can take steps to adapt to the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

The Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is a climate risk assessment and planning application for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. Use CREAT to understand the impacts of climate change, assess adaptation options, and conduct cost-benefit analyses of risk reduction strategies.

Click Here to Access CREAT

Building Water Resilience
Together, we can prepare America’s drinking water and wastewater utilities for natural disasters, accidents, and intentional acts.

Discover preparedness tools and resources at epa.gov/waterresilience.

Learn about new preparedness tools and resources at our November 9 Webinar.

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and communities across the nation are taking action to prepare for the next emergency. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is participating in these efforts by sending weekly communications on steps that can be taken at the local level to enhance resilience to water emergencies.

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EPA Webinar Invitation: see what’s new with CREAT version 3.0

CREAT 3.0 Update Webinar
Dear CREAT users,
We invite you to join us for a webinar to introduce you to the new features offered in the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) version 3.0 and to answer any questions you might have regarding the updated tool or the Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative.
CRWU will offer three webinars on:
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 1:00pm EDT
  • Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00pm EDT
  • Wednesday, November 2 at 1:00pm EDT
If you or your colleagues are interested in attending, use the link below to reserve a ticket for any of the webinar dates.
Webinar login and call-in information will be provided after registration. Any questions can be directed to Zach Rybarczyk at rybarczyk.zachary@epa.gov.
Thank you,
Curt Baranowski, Steve Fries, and Zach Rybarczyk
CREAT Version 3.0
We encourage new users to register and explore CREAT prior to the webinar. The latest version of CREAT is web-based and features a series of easy-to-use modules, a user-friendly interface, updated climate data projections and improved monetized risk results.
EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative’s mission is to provide drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with the practical tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options.
For more information on CRWU efforts, please visit us at www.epa.gov/crwu.
For any help, feedback or questions, please contact us at CRWUhelp@epa.gov.

East Coast Prepares for Hurricane Earl

WARNs:
Please make contact with State agencies.

  • As of 02 Sep at 0915 EDT, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported Hurricane Earl was a Category 4 Hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph
  • Hurricane Earl is 410 miles south of Cape Hatteras, NC and is moving north-northwest at 18 mph
  • On the forecast track, the core of the hurricane will pass near the Outer Banks of North Carolina tonight, and approach southeastern New England on 3 Sep.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Logistics reports Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) is being provided to NC
  • Severe weather caused by the approach of Hurricane Earl has led to the planned closure of the route used by some Northeast Regional trains in Virginia, specifically the Tidewater area to Newport News
  • Amtrak is working closely with CSX, the owner of the route in Virginia, and is continuing to monitor the hurricane as it moves along the Eastern Seaboard

Stay Informed: Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storms Fiona & Gaston FEMA is taking aggressive actions to prepare for the storm and is coordinating closely with state and local officials along the East Coast to help support their response as needed.  FEMA is also encouraging all East Coast residents to take steps now to prepare for possible severe weather in the coming days.

Information on what individuals and families can to prepare for an emergency, including flash flooding and other severe weather that frequently accompanies hurricanes, is available at http://www.ready.gov/.   A Spanish version of the website is available at http://www.listo.gov/.

To stay informed of the latest information from FEMA, visit our Hurricane Response and Recovery webpage for Hurricane Earl and Tropical Storms Fiona & Gaston at http://www.fema.gov/media/2010/2010_hurricanes.shtm

Environmental Laboratory Coordination Support Grant

EPA has announced the availability of grant funding to support preparedness activities of the environmental laboratory sector.  Applications for the Grant Announcement titled, “Technical Assistance and Support for Environmental Laboratory Coordination’ are due May 14, 2010.  Please read below for more information.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants for technical assistance and support necessary to coordinate preparedness activities of the environmental laboratory sector.  Specific tasks include serving as the water environmental laboratory sector liaison, organizing and sponsoring conferences and workgroups on issues of importance to environmental laboratory practice, disseminating and sharing information, providing technical assistance through training opportunities, and developing a communication plan that promotes the leveraging of resources in the environmental laboratory sector.

It is anticipated that there will be one award under this announcement.  It is also anticipated that the project period for this award will be six years and that the award will be incrementally funded at an expected minimum of $200,000, up to $400,000 per year, depending on Agency priorities, available funding levels, and satisfactory performance of the recipient.

More information about the grant may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/funding/index.html (scroll to the bottom of the page for the appropriate link to this particular grant).  

Please share this funding opportunity with organizations within your state that may have an interest in this issue.

Welcome to ASDWA’s Security Notes!

ASDWA is very pleased to launch Security Notes – a news blog for state drinking water program security coordinators.  Our goal is to share timely, informative articles designed to help make your security efforts easier to accomplish; give you insights into what your fellow states are working on; and keep you up to date with meetings, workshops, and other plan-ahead events.