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.

Recording – EPA Public Health Surveillance Webinar

If you were not able to participate in the April 19th webinar on Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination, you may still view the informationThe recording of this webinar has been posted to EPA’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/E3WCAGq7Lmw

 

Don’t Forget! Sign Up for Resilience Webinar Series

 

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting a three-part webinar series for drinking water and wastewater utilities and emergency management agencies to learn how to increase resilience and improve emergency response efforts.  The focus will be on improving resilience through collaboration.

Webinar 1:  Why Should I Care About Collaboration?

DATE:                  May 10, 2017

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

REGISTER:         https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-1-why-should-i-coordinate-tickets-33213400174

 

Webinar 2:  What Have Others Done?

DATE:                  May 24, 2017

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

REGISTER:        https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-2-what-have-others-done-tickets-33215084211

 

Webinar 3:  Confronting Challenges – Access and Fuel Supply Planning

DATE:                  June 14, 2017

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

REGISTER:        https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-3-addressing-challenges-tickets-33215629843

 

A Unique Resiliency Webinar Opportunity

Learn more about NIST-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning and how the Center is developing a computational environment to help define the attributes that make communities resilient.

DATE:              Thursday, April 27

TIME:               11:00AM- 1:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyjzCDxcdSA&feature=youtu.be 

The webinar is immediately followed by a Q&A “chat” period.

A Resilient Community is one that is prepared for and can adapt to changing conditions and can withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions to its physical and social infrastructure.  Modeling community resilience comprehensively requires a concerted effort by experts in engineering social sciences and information sciences to explain how physical, economic and social infrastructure systems within a real community interact and affect recover efforts.

Join this information webinar to learn more about the Center’s recent activities. A Center overview will be followed by a session on the Center’s recent Special Issue of Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, which features six papers on the virtual community Centerville.  The modeling and analysis theory behind each paper will be explained.

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.

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

Editor’s Note:  This information was provided by our colleagues at the WaterISAC.

If you know of any water systems still using the Windows Vista operating system, please let them know about the following ASAP.

“All software products have a lifecycle.  After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system.  After this date, this product will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.  Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends.  However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats.  Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system.  For more information, see Microsoft’s Vista support and product lifecycle articles.”

EPA WSD Shares Two New Products

Build Field Capabilities for Drinking Water Contamination

Be better prepared to perform field response activities in a drinking water contamination emergency. This document provides planning and implementation guidance, templates, customizable report forms, and other documentation for basic and advanced field response activities.

Guidance for Building Field Capabilities to Respond to Drinking Water Contamination

 

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How to Share Resources Across State Lines

 EMAC (the Emergency Management Assistance Compact) provides for assistance during Governor-declared states of emergency that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states.  EPA has developed a factsheet that provides information on the EMAC process and how water systems can participate.  Click here to access the fact sheet

In addition, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) maintains an EMAC eLearning portal http://www.emacweb.org/index.php/trainingeducation/interested-in-an-elearning-course that provides instruction in a self-paced, independent atmosphere. NEMA also offers training, workshops, and webinars upon reasonable request, if staffing allows.

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

EPA Hosting Resilience Mitigation Financing Webinar

With the increasing incidence and magnitude of natural disasters, especially hurricanes, droughts, and floods, utilities and communities are struggling to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate various impacts and damage. The costs associated with these disaster events are rising.  Register today and join us for a Resilience Mitigation Financing for Water & Wastewater Utilities webinar.

DATE:              December 7, 2016

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

REGISTER:      Click HERE

EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center and EPA’s Water Security Division have partnered with states and utilities in designing this webinar to focus on tools and financing resources that are available to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities will share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.