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.

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

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

 

WSD Webinar Materials Available for a Limited Time

If you were not able to participate in EPA WSD’s May 10 webinar on “Why Should I Care About Collaboration?” you can still view the materials – but only for the next two weeks.  Go to https://www.sendthisfile.com/FbHVMOrWloJ6IfTxHxyAb5DV and see:

  • A recorded copy of the webinar, and
  • Presentation slides from the three speakers – Lauren Wisniewski (EPA WSD), Benjamin Ruppert (Hopewell, VA Fire & Rescue), and Jaimie Foreman (City of Carmel, IN).

Please also consider registering for the second and third webinars in this three part series:

Are You Ready for a Tornado?

As part of the month-long PrepareAthon! effort, EPA’s Water Security Division invites you to take a look at their Tornado Incident Action Checklist.  Do take that look.  Don’t presume that just because you don’t live in Tornado Alley that it won’t happen to you.  About two weeks ago, a small tornado tore through Northern Virginia taking down trees and taking off roofs.  This happened less than a mile from the Pentagon.  And, although the Commonwealth of Virginia is well known for many things, tornado activity is not among them!  It happened anyway!

The eight page doc includes links to numerous resources, a step-wise walk through activities related to planning, response and recovery, and thought provoking considerations for how to think about coordination, communication with customers, water system personnel concerns, and power, energy, and fuel needs.  There are also contact and checklists that water systems can complete.  Here’s the link to a downloadable version of the Incident Action Checklist for Tornadoes.  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/tornado.pdf

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 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.

NATIONAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY & RESILIENCE MONTH – WEEK 2

The theme for the second week of National Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month is GET READY!

States are encouraged to work with their utilities to be better prepared for natural and man-made disasters by conducting an emergency response exercise.  Check out the two options below!

OPTION 1:

Plan your next exercise using the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems (TTX Tool).  The TTX Tool contains 15 scenarios that help you address all-hazards in preparing for emergencies.  Customize the situation manual, discussion questions, and PowerPoint presentations to meet your needs.

The Tabletop Exercise Tool is here https://www.epa.gov/waterresiliencetraining/develop-and-conduct-water-resilience-tabletop-exercise-water-utilities.

OPTION 2

Distribute the EPA Water Infrastructure Video to your utilities and encourage them to share this 1-minute video with their customers, colleagues, and partners.  EPA developed this public service announcement to raise awareness and appreciation of critical water and wastewater infrastructure.

Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWGKHRxzonI to view the video.

 

November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division invite states and water utilities to take special efforts during National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month to be better prepared for emergencies.  Each week during November, EPA will share information about a different area of focus for enhanced security and resilience.

This week’s focus is Risk Assessment.  A vital step on the path to resilience is identifying a utility’s vulnerabilities.  Water and wastewater utilities can identify risks using the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT).  VSAT can help utilities identify the highest risks to mission-critical operations and find cost-effective risk reduction strategies.  This link https://www.epa.gov/waterriskassessment/conduct-drinking-water-or-wastewater-utility-risk-assessment will take you to a downloadable version of VSAT.

More information about water security and resilience  is available at https://www.epa.gov/waterresilience/celebrate-national-critical-infrastructure-security-and-resilience-month.  Next week’s focus area will be “Get Ready – Conduct an emergency response exercise.”  Subsequent focus areas will look at community resiliency and risk reduction strategies.

 

 

CREAT 3.0 Webinars Coming Soon

Just a reminder, EPA’s Water Security Division invites you to join them 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 larger Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative.

CRWU will offer three CREAT 3.0 webinars, each beginning at 1:00PM (eastern) on:

Wednesday, October 19

Wednesday, October 26

Wednesday, November 2

To reserve a space on your preferred date, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-creat-30-update-overview-webinar-registration-27355858108?aff=CRWUnewsletter1

New to the CREAT family?  Click Here to Access CREAT and explore the tool 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.  For more information on CRWU efforts, please visit www.epa.gov/crwu.

Webinar login and call-in information will be provided after registration.  Any questions can be directed to Zach Rybarczyk at rybarczyk.zachary@epa.gov.