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Utilities Helping Utilities: An Action Plan for Mutual Aid and Assistance Networks for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

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1 Utilities Helping Utilities: An Action Plan for Mutual Aid and Assistance Networks for Water and Wastewater Utilities

2 Objectives What is a WARN Why consider WARN Linkage to national homeland security programs Supporting water sector initiatives Benefits of a WARN Status of WARN nationally Getting Involved Locally

3 What Is A WARN? Network of utilities helping utilities –Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) United by a common enemy –Natural disasters –Human-caused disaster –Not a corporation or a governmental unit Utilities organized within a state –By agreement –To help each other with personnel and resources

4 Why WARN? Past disaster response and lessons learned tell us: –Utility operations are specialized –Utilities must be self-sufficient –Utilities must fill the gap between disaster onset and arrival of other government aid FEMA is muscular, but not very agile –Water restoration provides hope

5 Why it Works – Bridges the Gap WARN does not require state or federal declaration and includes private utility resources. TIME

6 National Preparedness Goal Purpose is to help entities at all levels of government develop and maintain the capabilities to prevent, respond to, and recover from major events or incidents of national significance. –Key Priority: Expand regional collaboration through mutual aid agreements and assistance compacts

7 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Full compliance with NIMS is an eligibility condition for all federal preparedness assistance grants for state, territorial, tribal, & local entities in FY 2008. –These criteria include formalizing mutual aid agreements with surrounding communities and states for the purposes of sharing equipment, personnel, and facilities during emergencies.

8 The National Response Framework (NRF) The purpose of the NRF is to organize the Federal response and how it will engage state and local entities Emergency Support Function #3, Infrastructure –USACE is lead with support from EPA –Prescribed mission assignments under development to improve response All incident response begins at the local level

9 Water Sector Initiative: WARN Policy Joint policy statement, Feb 2006 –8 major water organizations –Encourages the creation of intrastate mutual aid & assistance networks –Provides for greater water sector resiliency against natural or manmade incidents

10 Water Sector Initiatives: WARN Action Plan Utilities Helping Utilities, March 2006 –Outlines 10 key steps in the formation of a WARN –Includes sample agreement that satisfies NIMS and has been recognized by DHS NIMS Integration Center as a model agreement

11 Whos Involved? Utility owner/operators Professional association representation –(AWWA, NRWA, WEF, sanitation association, etc.) State water and wastewater primacy agencies –(State health, environmental protection, etc.) State emergency management and/or homeland security agency –(State EMAC coordinator) (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) US EPA region representation

12 Benefits of Having a WARN Agreement Increases planning & coordination Provides an emergency contact list Enhances access to specialized resources Expedites arrival of aid –Again: FEMA is muscular and provides support, but is not agile Reduces administrative conflict –Signed agreement in place –Workmans comp, indemnification, etc. identified Increases community and customer hope –The right resources with the right skills are available

13 WARN Response California –Northridge Earthquake, 1994 –El Nino Storms, 1998 –Sonora Fires, 2001 –Hurricane Katrina, 2005 –So California Fires, 2007 Florida –Hurricane Katrina, 2006 –Tornadoes, 2007 Texas –Rain Bomb and Hurricane Humberto, 2007 Oregon –Detroit Blizzard, 2008 Colorado –Alamosa, 2008

14 Next Steps on National Scale Learn from success/challenges of existing programs Increase number of intrastate aid networks –Initially targeted states on the Gulf and Atlantic seaboard Develop a national aid network –Incorporation of WARNs into a national preparedness system –Facilitate development of resource typing for the Water Sector (both drinking water and wastewater) –AWWA is working with Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Advisory Council to facilitate interstate aid and assistance

15 January 11, 2011 Progress Review

16 October 2008 (31)

17 January 2011 (47)

18 The WARN Ultimatum

19 Population Served by IdWARN Member Utilities As of January 31, 2011 UtilityWaterWastewaterBothPopulation Utility 1 x3,226 Utility 2 x35,180 Utility 3 x1,100 Utility 4x 185,787 Utility 5 x800 Utility 6 x1,300 Utility 7 x259 Utility 8 x 205,314 Utility 9 x 3,643 Utility 10 x27,300 Utility 11 x75,290 Utility 12 x5,630 Total Utility Members (signed WARN Agreement) 12 Total Population Served 359,042 % of State Population 36% State Population 2008 Census1,523,816 (see Population Finder at

20 Reported Capability & Reach WARN Program# of Signatory Utilities % State Pop. (2000 Census) AZWARN1772 CalWARN25590 FlaWARN22575 IDWARN1236 ILWARN3660 INWARN5835 LaWARN3533 MAWARN4925 MDWARN625 MIWARN116 MNWARN8546 NCRWARN572 NCWater WARN828 NDWARN1115 NHWARN5849 NYWARN6517 Sooner WARN (OK)4124 PAWARN4459 TNWARN1318 TXWARN77775 UTWARN2532 WisWARN2128 WyoWARN840 Makes case with partners How to share? Ops Plan Resource Typing

21 Resource Typing Manual Purpose is to provide common set of terms for requesting and providing certain resources that only water sector utilities are likely capable of providing Follows FEMA guidance for typing resources which is focused on teams that could be deployed in response to an incident

22 Upgrading to report each WARN info in more user friendly format –WARN POC (email/phone) –Link to Website (if available) –Link State Emergency Management –Copy of WARN Agreement (if no website) –Other Information # of Signatories % population

23 National WARN Kevin M. Morley Security & Preparedness Program Manager AWWA – Government Affairs 1300 Eye Street, NW Suite 701W Washington, DC 2005 202-326-6124 or

24 The Bottom Line - Resiliency All emergencies are local and require a local response capability. A signed mutual aid agreement will enhances local utilitys preparedness and overall resiliency against any disaster. In its most basic form, a mutual aid and assistance agreement is a low or no-cost action that helps ensure the continuity of operations of the water infrastructure vital to the well-being of every community.

25 IDWARN PARTICIPATION If your emergency response organization, or your local water/wastewater utility are interested in participating in IDWARN, please forward your e-mail and contact information to: Bill Carr, UWID (208) 362-7369 Don Lee Idaho DEQ (208) 373-0502 Or go to: This organization meets by phone conference monthly.

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