New water-security resources from EPA

April 12, 2011 | Discharge, EPA, Stormwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently released two new water-security products:

Webinar – Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness: Lessons Learned for the Water Sector

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. In a severe pandemic, absenteeism will increase from illness, the need to care for ill family members, and the fear of infection. Utilities that fail to prepare for the likelihood of pandemic flu may find themselves without the staff, equipment, or supplies necessary to continue providing safe drinking water or treating wastewater for their community. Utilities should integrate pandemic flu planning into existing business continuity and emergency response plans using available guidance documents and other tools for assistance.

Mutual Aid/Assistance Agreements: Integrating WARN and other Mutual Aid Agreements

A Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) is an intrastate network of "utilities helping utilities" to respond to and recover from emergencies by sharing resources with one another. The WARN framework provides a forum for maintaining emergency contacts, providing expedited access to specialized resources, and facilitating training on resource exchange during an emergency.