EPA WSD Hosts Two Late July Training Opportunities

Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit Training

July 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

The Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit is an interactive resource that can help users to plan and conduct exercises that involve the coordination of analytical support. This training will cover: how participating in an AP-FSE can increase preparedness, how the toolkit and its resources can be leveraged to plan and conduct an exercise, and how to coordinate analytical support and further develop relationships with response partners.

Register:  https://us-epa-ap-fse.eventbrite.com

 

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training

July 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

It is imperative that laboratories be able to continue their essential functions when incidents occur that disrupt normal operations. This webinar is designed as an introduction to the WLA COOP template, providing a basic overview of the COOP template contents and a demonstration on how to use the template’s fillable form.

Register:  https://us-epa-wla-coop.eventbrite.com

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN EARTH EX CROSS-SECTOR POWER OUTAGE EXERCISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Critical infrastructure owners/operators and government agencies have an opportunity to participate in a new exercise designed to let participants evaluate and improve restoration support, preparedness, response and recovery plans for severe hazards, using a long-term, widespread power outage as a test case.  A webinar about the exercise is planned for July 19 and you may register here.

Hosted by the Electric Infrastructure Reliability Council, which recently published a handbook on water sector resilience to long-term power outages, EARTH EX 2017 is a four-hour decentralized, international, multi-sector, self-assessed exercise that will consider the impact of a long-duration power outage on critical infrastructure.  The no cost exercise will take place on Wednesday, August 23.  Private sector and government organizations in the U.S. and around the world interested in participating in EARTH EX 2017 are invited to register online.

In recent years concerns have grown over the potential for severe malicious or natural “Black Sky” hazards that include long duration power outages and which could lead to cascading failures of water supply systems and other interdependent infrastructure.  To prepare for these risks, careful sector-by-sector resilience planning is crucial. Cross-sector exercises are an important component to understanding interdependencies and shared vulnerabilities.  As a “come as you are” exercise, EARTH EX will offer executive and senior level operational decision makers a unique opportunity to examine preparedness, response and restoration postures for severe hazard scenarios – all without extensive pre-exercise preparation.

FEMA Releases New Continuity Guidance Circular – Webinar Schedule

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the draft Continuity Guidance Circular www.fema.gov/continuity-guidance-circular which guides whole community efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations.

The draft document is nearing the end of a 30-day National Engagement Period that provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment.  There are three more webinars scheduled to engage interested parties.  Each hour long webinar contains the same information.

DATES:            June 20, 21, and 22, 2017

TIMES:             June 20 – 10:00-11:00AM (eastern)

June 21 – 3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

June 22 – 10:00-11:00AM (eastern)

REGISTER:      June 20 – https://fema.connectsolutions.com/cgc6/

June 21 – https://fema.connectsolutions.com/cgc7/

June 22 – https://fema.connectsolutions.com/cgc8/

AUDIO:             Audio: 800-320-4330 PIN 579861 for all three events.

 

In Need of Analytical Support?

Access EPA’s Laboratory Compendium to view labs across the nation and their capabilities. The Lab Compendium is an online database of nationwide environmental laboratories available to EPA; Federal, state, and local emergency responders; laboratory personnel; and water utilities.  The database contains each laboratory’s capabilities to analyze chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants.  Click here to access

 

Ransomware Recommendations Update

Our colleagues at DHS have informed us that Microsoft has provided specific risk management steps for WannaCry at the following location:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

WannaCry continues to pose significant risks and virtually any organization is at potential risk of attempted WannaCry propagation.

EPA WSD Invites Your Participation

There are several water resilience opportunities – tool reviews, webinars, workshops – available for primacy agencies and utilities in the near future.  Take a look and sign up today.

Stakeholder Review of VSAT Web

EPA is asking stakeholders to review a new water sector risk assessment application-VSAT Web. The application has been redesigned and formatted into a web-based easy-to-use version. Drinking water, wastewater, primacy agencies, water sector associations and others in the Water Sector are encouraged to review the new version of VSAT and provide feedback on the beta version no later than May 26 using the “feedback” link at https://vsatval.42six.com/vsat/

U.S. EPA: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities |June 7, 2017 @1:00 PM ET

WSD is hosting another preparedness webinar introducing the new Route to Resilience Tool to drinking water and wastewater utilities. Drinking water and wastewater utilities in 38 states will receive continuing education units for participating. Register for the webinar here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-free-preparedness-resources-for-water-utilities-webinar-tickets-34318437370?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

Hosting Healthcare/Public Health and Water Interdependencies Workshops

WSD is coordinating a series of Healthcare/Public Health and Water workshops throughout the Continental US.  The workshops consist of presentations from Healthcare and Public Health Sector organizations, along with area water utilities.  The afternoon portion of the workshop is a tabletop exercise designed to be relevant to the workshop location.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area, please contact Chrissy Dangel at dangel.chrissy@epa.gov no later than June 30.

Interested in Proposing Locations for Incident Command System (ICS) Training?

WSD is offering a few in-person ICS trainings including ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS 300/400 and IS-700 NIMS and IS-800 NRF. We have tentative plans to schedule ICS trainings in Indiana, Northeast Wyoming, and Region 1. We are open to proposed locations for a few more trainings. Please contact David Goldbloom-Helzner at Goldbloom-Helzner.David@epa.gov with a suggestion location and a local/state contact no later than June 15.

Interested in Proposing Locations for Flood Resilience Training?

WSD is offering a couple one-day Flood Resilience Trainings for Water and Wastewater Utilities. The topics covered including understanding the flooding threat, identifying vulnerable assets, evaluating mitigation options, and accessing funding. We want to conduct the trainings by July 31, 2017 if possible and we already have some interest in North Carolina. It is key that we have state trainers (e.g., state Rural Water Association or AWWA Section) that can co-teach the class with EPA and plan to offer additional training at other times in the future. Please contact David Goldbloom-Helzner at Goldbloom-Helzner.David@epa.gov with a suggestion and a local/state contact no later than June 15.

EPA ORD Tackles Water Security

Registration is now open for EPA’s Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Water Security and Resiliency.

DATE:              Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/287664509489298691

The webinar will cover two different new tools designed to meet water utility needs.  The first is the Route to Resilience tool designed to help small and medium sized drinking water utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all hazards.  The second featured tool is the Water Network Tool for Resilience that should be released later this year.  This tool will help water utilities investigate the resilience of their systems to a wide range of hazardous scenarios and evaluate emergency response actions and long term resilience-enhancing strategies.

More information on both of these presentations is available when you click the registration link above.

New Water Resilience Tool Webinar

DATE:              May 3, 2017

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

REGISTER:      Click here to register

Tune in to hear more about EPA’s new tool, the Route to Resilience. The tool helps utilities become more resilient to all-hazards and is built around five stops; assess, plan, train, respond and recover. Join the webinar to hear more about how you can begin your journey on the Route to Resilience.

Water and wastewater operators may receive continuing education credit in some states.

 

DHS Hosts National Cyber Incident Response Plan Webinars

You are invited to attend any one of four webinars hosted by DHS to learn more about and share your thoughts on the newly released National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP).  This is an essential component of DHS’s mission to strengthen the security and resilience of the Nation by working to improve the ability of all to manage cyber incidents.

You do not need to register in advance, on the day of the event, just use the links provided in the information below.  Each one hour webinar session will cover the same information.

NCIRP Stakeholder Webinar #1

DATE:              Monday March 27, 2017

TIME:               3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

CONNECT:      https://share.dhs.gov/r3fctx11w2x/

DIAL:               1-800-320-4330/Passcode:  372094

 

NCIRP Stakeholder Webinar #2

 DATE:              Tuesday March 28, 2017

TIME:               3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

CONNECT:      https://share.dhs.gov/r8bvryj2nu9/

DIAL:               1-800-320-4330/Passcode: 372094

 

NCIRP Stakeholder Webinar #3

DATE:              Wednesday March 29, 2017

TIME:               3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

CONNECT:      https://share.dhs.gov/r6cmtu0qngo/

DIAL:               1-800-320-4330/Passcode 372094

 

NCIRP Stakeholder Webinar #4

DATE:              Thursday March 30, 2017

TIME:               3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

CONNECT:      https://share.dhs.gov/r22skziadr4/

DIAL:               1-800-320-4330/Passcode 372094

This Plan applies to cyber incidents and more specifically significant cyber incidents that are likely to result in demonstrable harm to the national security interests, foreign relations, or economy of the United States or to the public confidence, civil liberties, or public health and safety of the American people.  We plan to discuss how the NCIRP can be leveraged within your communities.

The NCIRP:

  • Describes a national approach to dealing with cyber incidents, and the important role that the private sector, States, and multiple federal agencies play in responding to incidents and how the actions of all fit together for an integrated response;
  • Reflects and incorporates lessons learned from exercises and real U.S. incidents and policy updates, such as Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-41 on Cyber Incident Coordination Policy and the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014; and
  • Reinforces and describes the roles of the lead Federal agencies during a significant cyber incident

To view the final NCIRP, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/ncirp

Montana DEQ List Still Holds Up

Back in the early days of drinking water security, Montana DEQ’s Public Water & Subdivision Bureau compiled a “Top Ten List for All Water Systems” for security-related incidents.  I came across a laminated wallet card earlier today that includes those action items.  I think they’re still pretty relevant all these years later…even for cyber security!  (See item 10).

  1. In case of an emergency – call “911” then use ERP
  2. Plan (update) & Prepare – Emergency Response Plan, NIMS command system, training courses, practice exercises, cross train staff, supply availability, employees’ families, alternate work sites, and post contact numbers
  3. Inspect facilities daily
  4. Make security & preparedness everyone’s job
  5. Limit & control access to facilities through identification
  6. Establish relationships with Emergency, Law & Health Officials
  7. Continue to assess threats & identify vulnerabilities
  8. Fence, lock, light, maintain, and secure all facilities
  9. Know, handle, and dispose of chemicals properly
  10. Use necessary computer software and access protection

Are your water systems doing all of the things listed here?  If not, this is a great place to begin!