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

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.

Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

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

Tune in to learn about these preparedness tools…

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters:  Identify cost-effective projects that will increase your utility’s resilience to natural disasters.

Water Utility Response On-The-Go:  Click to access valuable emergency response resources – including local weather information, emergency contacts, and damage assessment forms – on your mobile device.

Laboratory Support Resources:  Prepare for contamination emergencies by connecting to a laboratory network.

Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT):  Understand the impacts of climate change, assess adaptation options, and conduct cost-benefit analyses of risk reduction strategies.

Training contact hours are available for water and wastewater operators in some states.

Have questions or comments? Email EPA WSD at WSD-Outreach@epa.gov

New Water Quality Surveillance Doc

EPA’s Water Security Division has just released a new product as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response System.  The Guidance for Designing Communications Systems for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems can be downloaded at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/srs_communications_guidance_081016.pdf

Online water quality and enhanced security monitoring components of a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) require that data be transmitted from remote monitoring locations to a control center using a wired or wireless data communications system. This new guidance document describes the overall process for identifying available communications technologies, establishing evaluation criteria, comparing alternatives, and selecting a technology (or technologies).

Do you know what’s happening in your distribution system?  Watch the video below to learn about Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.



Cyber Evaluation Tool Webinar

Editor’s Note:  This invitation comes from our colleagues at DHS ICS (Industrial Cyber Security) Workgroup.  Please share this with your water utilities.  As well, consider participating yourself so that you’ll know what tools water systems have to evaluate their cyber programs.

Do you have cybersecurity concerns?  The ICS-CERT Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) Version 8.0 tool is designed to help you quickly gain a clear cybersecurity operating picture, establish your priorities, and tighten up your organization’s cybersecurity.  The CSET tool is an easy step by step, tax software like, guide to help you best understand what you need to do and where to focus your efforts.

Join us for an introduction webinar to the updated CSET 8.0.  See the new features, learn how to use CSET to increase your cybersecurity defenses, and ask questions to the CSET development team.

DATE:              September 20, 2016

TIME:               10:00AM-Noon (eastern)

REGISTER:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8105066833474858754


If you happen to be in Ft. Lauderdale between September 13 and15, you may also participate in the ICS Joint Workgroup Fall Meeting.  More information about this meeting may be found at this link Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) 2016 Fall Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, September 13-15, 2016.

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


New Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Version 3.0

CREAT assists drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and assessing related risks at their individual utilities.  CREAT version 3.0 is web-based and features a series of intuitive modules to help utilities complete a climate change risk assessment, redesigned from the ground up to provide a more user-friendly experience.

In addition, the tool now provides monetized risk results which promotes a common and mutual understanding of climate change impacts.

With this powerful information, utility owners and operators can make advancements to curtail the impacts of climate change, particularly by implementing no-regret adaption options–those that provide benefits regardless of future climate conditions

This link will take you to CREAT 3.0 https://www.epa.gov/crwu/build-climate-resilience-your-utility

Coinciding with the release of CREAT 3.0, EPA also launched an update to the CREAT Climate Scenarios Projection Map. This map provides easy-to-access scenario-based climate change projections drawn from CREAT.  To access the updated Projection Map, click https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=2a46a28e18f44a48b8c664487e5b1fe6

Still want to know more?  Click https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-05/documents/creat_3_0_methodology_guide_may_2016.pdf to learn more about the climate science and economic data used in the CREAT 3.0 Methodology Guide.

Planning Tools for Community Resiliency

All communities, regardless of size, need to plan for the future.  Everyone has had some level of experience with severe floods, ice storms, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other weather related crises and should be looking ahead to have plans in place to respond and recover.

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network, in collaboration with AWWA, are hosting a webinar titled “Using Future Scenarios to Identify Risk and Test Resiliency.”

DATE:              Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5984803791125332226

Two tools will be presented during the webinar.  The first, PESTEL, stands for Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Economic, and Legal/Regulatory, and is a scenario planning tool guide.  By incorporating the elements of PESTEL, water systems are are reminded to look beyond just the environmental impacts of climate change and incorporate a systemic approach to long term resiliency.  Wind Tunnel, the second tool, tests system operations (both internal and external) against various future scenarios developed through the PESTEL.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and your water systems.

Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

TEEX is offering a series of no cost, onsite trainings across the nation between February and September 2016.  The one day course encourages collaborative efforts by those responsible for both physical and cybersecurity in order to develop an integrated risk management strategy.  Participants will learn to identify physical and cybersecurity risks and concerns, and examine past incidents and their impacts on critical infrastructure.  Information about resources that can be applied to improving security within an organization, business or government entity will also be explored.

Training locations have been identified for American Samoa, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Mariana Islands, Guam, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Vermont and Colorado.  Click here to learn more about specific dates and locations for these courses.