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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Ready When
Disaster Strikes

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Irma, Harvey, Katrina, Mitch.

BY STEVE FLETCHER,
NRWA PRESIDENT

These names represent disasters. Some on such a massive
scale that recovery seemed impossible-but recovery happened. Lives were rebuilt and life moved on.
Needless to say, recovery doesn't happen overnight. Even when the infrastructure of a community is
completely destroyed, there is always a glimmer of hope...an innate courage and strength that drives
people to "make it better."
Hurricanes aren't the only disasters that strike. Massive floods, tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards
and even typhoons-the litany goes on and on-are experienced across America. State Rural Water
Associations realized that what started out as "hurricane response and relief" should actually be
"disaster response and relief."
The events of 9-11, Katrina and other natural disasters brought together several states within the
NRWA, who decided it was time to develop response plans to assist each other after catastrophic
events that would affect each of them. These planning sessions eventually developed into training
events that expanded from seven original states, and now include dozens of others, including Hawaii!
Rural Water has always been about leadership. As Dennis Sternberg, executive director of
Arkansas Rural Water Association said, "Several State Rural Water Associations have agreed to take a
leadership role in doing annual emergency response training to keep our staffs trained and prepared in
the event of a natural or manmade disaster occurring. It is not IF an event is going to occur, but when it
will occur.
Pat Credeur, Louisiana Rural Water Association executive director said, "In order to best serve its
membership, it is vital that State Rural Water Associations be able to respond and assist water and
wastewater systems when such events occur."
Many states have also adopted mutual aid agreements and are working with local utilities in every
state to establish intrastate mutual aid assistance agreements between both drinking water and
wastewater utilities. They stand ready to move personnel, generators and other materials into affected
areas as needed.
The best insurance we can do as State Rural Water Associations is to have properly trained and
prepared staff prior to the next disaster.
It is no wonder State Rural Water Associations' staff are truly the first responders for water
and wastewater utilities whenever disaster strikes. Rural Water has been the leader in training and
technical assistance for over 40 years. It is only natural that when an emergency response is needed,
towns and small communities immediately call their State Rural Water Association.
So, the next time your utility comes in contact with someone from your State Rural Water
Association, say a quick "thank you!" for all they do for rural America. It could be something small in
your community or something very large hundreds of miles away, for another community within the
Rural Water family.
Thanks for what you do, each and every day! ●

RURAL WATER HAS BEEN THE LEADER IN TRAINING
AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR OVER 40 YEARS. IT IS ONLY
NATURAL THAT WHEN AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE IS NEEDED,
TOWNS AND SMALL COMMUNITIES IMMEDIATELY CALL THEIR
STATE RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION.
RURAL WATER

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018

From the President
The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Can You Hear the Crickets?
Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
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Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
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Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Can You Hear the Crickets?
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 45
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the CEO
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