Return to ASDWA's Newsroom

Helpful Preparedness/Resiliency Tools for All to Use

Over the past few years, ASDWA’s Security Committee has been engaged in developing tools that provide low or no cost ways for state drinking water programs and their water community partners to support water utilities (and their own programs) in the collective and ongoing effort to be better prepared and more resilient to water emergencies of all sorts.
One tool is appropriate for states, technical assistance providers, community leaders, and utilities — especially smaller systems.  The tool, Water Emergency Roundtable – Outline for Discussion, creates a step-by-step process for a one-day shirt-sleeves discussion on what a community can or should do in the event of an emergency that either severely diminishes the available water supply or shuts the supply off completely.  The Outline Guide offers tips, scripts, and templates on how to organize such a discussion, who to invite, what materials may be needed, and what sort of follow up would be helpful to the community after the discussion takes place.  This is a low cost approach, which would be helpful in enhancing collaborative partnerships among state drinking water programs, water utility organizations, and the communities that they both support.  It would also go a long way toward helping those communities better engage with their own emergency and utility service providers to create an effective and efficient foundation for community resiliency.
Most recently, the Committee has partnered with EPA’s Water Security Division to host webinars in 2014 to showcase how states are collaborating with their WARN programs; how state labs can design a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP); and demonstrate how state drinking water programs are partnering with their emergency management counterparts.  Information on all of these webinars can be found on ASDWA’s website www.asdwa.org under the Security tab.
Looking back, the Committee has also developed the following targeted tools for state drinking water programs to use to enhance their own preparedness, responsiveness, and resilience in times of crisis:

Take a look at these tools.  You may find something to help your program.