Responding to a Water Contamination Event – Webinar Series

Please join EPA’s Water Security Division in recognizing the importance of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure during Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month for a webinar series on free tools you can use to respond to a water contamination emergency at your utility.

 

The webinar series will focus on the following topics:

Preparing Your Water Utility for an Emergency

DATE:              November 2, 2017

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

 

Responding to a Contamination Incident

DATE:              November 8, 2017

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

 

Recovering from a Contamination Incident

 DATE:              November 15, 2017

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

 

TO REGISTER FOR ONE OR MORE EVENTS:  Click this link and select the dates to register for the appropriate event.

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Resilience Planning for Small Systems

Our Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) partners are hosting a webinar titled Resilience:  Planning on Disaster and Preparing for Disruption.  How do you prevent or mitigate the duration of severity of water service interruptions – especially if you’re a small system?

DATE:              Wednesday, September 20

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7020594331405763586

This event will outline a basic framework for small water systems to use in in their resilience planning.  It will also offer various tools and resources to help get plan implementation off the ground.

 

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.

DHS Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Webinar – Round 2

 

 

 

For those of you who were unable to participate in the first webinar providing updates regarding the Presidential Executive Order 13800 on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) would like to invite you to join a second session of the webinar at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 27.  This second session of the webinar will cover the same updates, focusing, in particular on Section 2, titled Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure, as well as provide participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Advance registration is not required.

To Join the Meeting:  https://share.dhs.gov/cybersecurity_eo_update_27june2017/

Dial –In Conference Bridge:  1-888-324-0239

Participant Passcode: 3990134#

The Conference line will open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, contact the NICC at 202-282-9201 or NICC@hq.dhs.gov.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Plan Ahead!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between DHS, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and other public and private partners to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene.

Each week of NCSAM is dedicated to a specific cybersecurity theme, with related activities and events happening across the country:

  • October 2-6, 2017: Simple Steps to Online Safety. Week 1 will address the top consumer cybersecurity concerns, provide simple steps to protect against these concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.
  • October 9-13, 2017: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business. Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the Cybersecurity Framework.
  • October 16-20, 2017: Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet. Week 3 will remind citizens that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work. While there are tremendous benefits of this technology, it is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.
  • October 23-27: The Internet Wants YOU:  Consider a Career is Cybersecurity.  Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers.  Key influencers – like parents, teachers, and state and local officials – will learn more about this growing field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.
  • October 30-31:  Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats.  Week 5 will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.

 

What Have Others Done Webinar Now Available

If you were not able to participate in the May 24 EPA webinar that showcased “What Have Others Done” in the emergency services arena, you may now download a recording of the event as well as obtain copies of the presentations.  Click https://www.sendthisfile.com/8HAuEtbhOdt3Ys4E8jZ90W6z.  These materials are available only through June 7.

National Institute of Standards & Technology Releases Planning Guide Briefs

Communities striving to improve their resilience by better planning for and dealing with hazard events will want to review six new “Guide Briefs” issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The documents complement NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems, which lays out a six-step process to plan for resilience in the face of natural, technological, and human-caused hazards.

Each of the Guide Briefs is intended to be used in conjunction with the NIST Guide, although several can be used independently by any community interested in taking steps to improve its resilience. For example, Guide Brief 12, “Short-Term Implementation Tasks”(link is external), suggests ways that communities can shorten recovery time as longer-term solutions are being put in place. These short-term tasks could include:

  • Developing a post-event recovery plan that streamlines the permitting process, adds resilience during repairs, protects the natural environment, preserves the community voice in approval of construction projects, and handles and processes the increase in construction activities.
  • Developing processes and guidelines for post-event assessments to accelerate evaluation and designation of buildings that can be used while being repaired.
  • Adopting the latest building codes and enforcing design and inspection requirements.

This link https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2017/05/nist-releases-six-new-community-resilience-planning-guide-briefs contains additional information.

DHS Shares Cyber Security Contact Information

Much like the Protective Security Advisors that have been operating within the Water Sector for several years, DHS is now working to develop a cadre of advisors that specialize in cyber security.  At present, their numbers are fewer than their Protective Security counterparts, but they are growing in numbers.  Here’s who they are and how to reach them:

 

CSA (Role / Title) Location Name (Last, First MI) Email DHS Cell Phone
     
Chief of Field Operations/Supervisory CSA Region 3 – Pittsburgh, PA Willke, Bradford J. bradford.willke@hq.dhs.gov 202-380-5899
Sr Cyber Security Advisor, Western U.S. Region 9 – Los Angeles, CA McElroy, Deron deron.t.mcelroy@hq.dhs.gov 213-310-1852
Cyber Security Advisor, Region I Region 1 – Boston, MA Vacant  
Cyber Security Advisor, Region II Region 2 – New York, NY Richard Jr., Richard S. richard.richard@hq.dhs.gov 631-241-3662
Cyber Security Advisor, Region III Region 3 – Philadelphia, PA Vacant  
Cyber Security Advisor, Region IV Region 4 – Atlanta, GA Walker, Klint klint.walker@hq.dhs.gov 404-895-1127
Cyber Security Advisor, Region V Region 5 – Chicago, IL Enriquez, Antonio P. antonio.enriquez@hq.dhs.gov 202-809-7894
Cyber Security Advisor, Region VI Region 6 – Dallas, TX Adams, Chad E. chad.adams@hq.dhs.gov 202-380-6024
Cyber Security Advisor, Houston-District Region 6 – Houston, TX Reeves, George george.reeves@hq.dhs.gov 281-714-1259
Cyber Security Advisor, Region VII Region 7 – Kansas City Selected – Awaiting SSO  
Cyber Security Advisor, Region VIII Region 8 – Denver, CO Rinerson, Harley harley.rinerson@hq.dhs.gov 202-809-3314
Cyber Security Advisor, Region IX Region 9 – San Francisco, CA Vacant  
Cyber Security Advisor, Region X Region 10 – Seattle, WA Vacant  
Cyber Security Advisor, Region IX Region 9 – Los Angeles, CA Edmonds, Arthur arthur.edmonds@hq.dhs.gov 415-793-7147

 

 

Fuel Supply Webinar Coming Soon

Join EPA’s Water Security Division as they host a webinar on Confronting Challenges -Access and Fuel Supply Planning for drinking water, wastewater utilities and emergency management agencies to hear how two water utilities and an emergency manager approached resolving access issues to disaster sites and the efforts they have undertaken to create a more resilient fuel supply.

DATE:          June 14, 2017

TIME:           1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:   Click here to register

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.