EPA Shares PrepareAthon! Information and Resources

America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience.  This year’s PrepareAthon! Takes place throughout the month of April.  This link https://community.fema.gov/news?lang=en_US will take you to more information about preparedness and the PrepareAthon! Initiative.

In support of PrepareAthon!, EPA’s Water Security Division has also been working on preparedness and resiliency for the Water Sector.  Take a look at the materials that they have prepared and shared (including helpful case studies) on flooding, drought, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  The tips found in these materials can be just what a water utility needs to get started or expand an effort that they already have underway to enhance their resiliency.  Click https://www.epa.gov/waterresilience/water-utilities-take-part-americas-prepareathon to learn more about EPA’s resources.  This link also has registration information for the May 3 Route to Resilience webinar for utilities.  You may recall that the state-focused webinar on this subject was held February 28.

EPA WSD Hosts 3-Part Webinar Series on Improving Response

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting a three part webinar series for water and wastewater utilities and emergency management agencies to learn how to increase resilience and improve emergency response efforts.

ASDWA encourages you to participate and also share this learning opportunity with your water systems as well as with your own emergency management counterparts.

Webinar 1: Why should I care about collaboration?

DATE:                  May 10, 2017

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

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar1.eventbrite.com

This webinar will provide an overview of the critical interdependencies between the water and emergency services sectors.  It will include speakers from an emergency management agency and a water utility to discuss how their organizations have benefitted from mutual collaboration.


Webinar 2: What have others done?

DATE:                  May 24, 2017

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

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar2.eventbrite.com

This webinar will provide in-depth discussions of how two drinking water and wastewater utilities have worked with their local emergency management agencies, to their mutual benefit.


Webinar 3: Confronting Challenges – Access and Fuel Supply Planning

DATE:                  June 14, 2017

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

REGISTER:        https://epa-water-ess-webinar3.eventbrite.com

In this webinar, speakers from both sectors will discuss how they approached resolving access issues to disaster sites (credentialing) and what efforts they have undertaken to create a more resilient fuel supply.

All three webinars are free but each requires a separate registration in advance of the event.  Webinar links will be shared approximately one week prior to the event.

Financing Recovery and Mitigation Webinars

As part of an ongoing webinar series, our colleagues at EPA are hosting two webinars that explore resource options that can be used for recovery, mitigation, and resilience financing.

Disaster Recovery Financing

 DATE:              November 22

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

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-recovery-financing-tickets-28791523221

This webinar will share information on how states and communities use SRFs, FEMA grants, and other financing opportunities to recover from a disaster.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

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

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-mitigation-financing-tickets-28791849196

This event will offer insights about financing resources that can be used for resilience planning and hazard mitigation projects.

Please click https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/financing-disaster-recovery-and-resilience-mitigation-water-and-wastewater for more details about each of these events.


Just a Reminder…

EPA’s Water Security Division invites you and your water utilities to attend a webinar to showcase available tools and resources helpful in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all types of emergencies.

DATE:              November 9

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

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-free-preparedness-resources-for-water-utilities-webinar-tickets-27410156516

For more information, please refer to our blog of October 3 on this event.

ASDWA and EPA WSD Explore Hazard Mitigation

On September 15, ASDWA and EPA cohosted a webinar and interactive discussion to showcase their new document, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.  The event was designed to help state drinking water program staff better understand the benefits of hazard mitigation initiatives, how to connect and collaborate with their state hazard mitigation officers (SHMOs), and how to share this important information with their water systems.  EPA’s Water Security Division was joined by state primacy and state hazard mitigation staff from Utah and Iowa for the event.

If you were not able to participate in the webinar, please visit ASDWA’s security web page at www.asdwa.org/security and scroll to the Important Documents Section.  There you will find:

+ A link to the video recording of the webinar

+ A link to the Hazard Mitigation Guide

+ A link to FEMA’s list of State Hazard Mitigation Officers

For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Guide, please visit EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse/hazard-mitigation-natural-disasters

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


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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Updated National Planning Frameworks Released – Webinar in July

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners have released the updated National Planning Frameworks for each essential mission area:

  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Mitigation
  • Response
  • Recovery

The updated National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, present a paradigm shift in the way we as a nation approach preparedness through a risk-driven, capabilities-based approach. Historically, preparedness was considered a separate, distinct mission area; but now the Frameworks address national preparedness as a whole through the core capabilities that compose the five mission areas.

FEMA has been hosting a series of engagement webinars to highlight key changes to the Frameworks and to answer questions participants may have.  There is one webinar left with space available (July 6).  To register for this event, please click here.

To view the udated Frameworks document and a summary of the changes, go to http://www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks.


For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.

EPA WSD Invites You to Celebrate National PrepareAthon Day

April 30 is National PrepareAthon Day.  This is a national opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through group discussions, drills, and exercises.  The campaign’s goal is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, often without warning.  Please join EPA and other Federal partners to participate in the Count Down to National PrepareAthon Day of Action by taking simple actions each day to improve resilience.  To participate in the count down and receive daily reminders register here.  Additional information about the PrepareAthon is available on this flyer EA_3049a-16 EPA Preparathon Infographic_v13